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 […]

bowl of seasoning

When Meal Prep Takes ALL Day

Since we moved here, I cannot count the number of times I have Googled “how to make ________ from scratch.”  This is not because I’m a wiz at cooking and love to make entire meals from basic ingredients. Actually, I’m quite the opposite. I would rather cook something that takes 10 minutes and doesn’t make a […]

Places: Evania Ladies’ Spa

Need to kick back and relax a bit? Want a nice massage to release some stress?  Look no further than Evania Ladies’ Spa at the Park Hyatt in Jeddah. I recently had the opportunity to go to the spa with a bunch of ladies for a friend’s birthday, and though I’ve never been to a place […]

Arabic Class

KAUST Community Arabic Program

It took us over a year to get started, but we’re finally learning Arabic!  One of our friends has been the brains behind launching a community Arabic program, so we had the privilege of being among the few who got to help kick off the pilot program. This program is unique from my other language learning experiences in […]