KAUST Bike Week

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you probably know that we’re big fans of cycling, so when we found out that KAUST was hosting a Bike Week this week, we were pretty excited. To help encourage exercise and an environmentally friendly form of transportation, all KAUSTians were encouraged to Bike to Work, Bike […]

My Ticket To Juilliard

If only I really had a shot at Juilliard. I don’t. Let’s get that clear at the start. You see, I’ve always wanted to learn to play the piano. I find the piano one of the most soothing, beautiful instruments in the world, so naturally, it’s been my dream to be incredibly proficient at playing […]

When Blonde Guys Wear Thobes…

There is an old, historic shopping area of Jeddah called Al Balad where you can wander through old buildings and shops full of hookahs, traditional dress, and jewelry.  It’s a fun place to go when the weather is nice because other than the shops, it’s mostly outdoors, so as you can imagine in the height […]

Saudi Arabia: Where Gas is Cheaper than Water

Where Gas is Cheaper than Water

When we moved to Saudi Arabia, we knew that gas would be cheap. The country is known for oil, and there are subsidies to keep the prices low for residents. Right after we moved here, prices jumped by 50%, but they’re still basically the lowest in the world. Here’s a comparison of prices from around […]

Places: Challenge Round Board Game Store

While we lived in North Carolina, we would often find ourselves at a local board game store on Saturday afternoons.  It was fun to browse the games, read the back of the boxes, and look at the artwork on the games. We couldn’t afford to buy games very often, but that didn’t stop us from […]

Expat Weight Loss: My (continuing) Journey to Fitness

A quick google search on “expat weight” shows that many people struggle with putting on at least few pounds when they move abroad. This article from the UAE claims that 98 out of 100 UAE expats who are overweight claim that moving abroad attributed to them getting fatter! Moving (especially to a new country) can […]

Iftar table

Feasting with Friends

One of the most exciting aspects of living in a new culture is getting to participate in events, holidays, and traditions that you’ve never experienced before.  This can take many forms: unique wedding traditions, different customs to celebrate a new baby, eating new foods, wearing different clothes, learning a new dance, and this even includes […]

Jeddah International Market

Places: Jeddah International Market

Despite the presence of some international brands like Canon, Sony, and Fender, I’m not sure why this mall is called an international market.  It doesn’t strike me as being very international because of its lack of goods and food from other places, nor does it feel very much like a market because there aren’t stalls the proprietor […]

Living Abroad

when living abroad isn’t glamorous: a follow up

A few days ago, I posted about how much of our life in Saudi Arabia is actually quite normal – not that different from our life in the US.  Yes, we do some really adventurous things and go exciting places more frequently than we did in the past, but most days, we still lead normal lives…maybe with a few more […]

Living Abroad

when living abroad isn’t glamorous: a (normal) day in my life

If you read our blog and follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you probably get the impression that we don’t work because it appears as though we’re always exploring a new place.  If only that were true.  I will grant you that we get to travel more than most Americans we know, but we still […]