World Expo 2020 (in 2021), Dubai. Visit #1

Like a lot of things, the World Expo 2020 got put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, in October, 2021, it was able to launch! The Expo is held in Dubai, UAE and runs for 6 months. We live relatively close by, in Saudi Arabia, so we bought the “season pass” for theContinue reading “World Expo 2020 (in 2021), Dubai. Visit #1”

The Dead Sea, Jordan

On our unexpected detour to Jordan caused by pandemic travel restrictions, after spending the night in Amman, we headed to the Dead Sea. Although less than an hour drive from Amman, the Dead Sea shore practically has a different climate. Amman sits atop a plateau. The Dead Sea is at or below sea level. ItContinue reading “The Dead Sea, Jordan”

Amman, Jordan — a brief revisit

I lived in Amman, Jordan from 2011 to 2014. I recently ,unexpectedly and serendipitously, got the opportunity to return to Jordan. The detour was due to sudden changes to travel restrictions related to the pandemic. Because of the pandemic, we chose not to stay long in the city, but to merely pass through on ourContinue reading “Amman, Jordan — a brief revisit”

Saadiyat Island Weekend

I was able to tag along with my husband to a trade show in Abu Dhabi (IDEX). We stayed at the Ritz Carlton. Now, normally, I absolutely adore the Abu Dhabi Ritz Carlton. The staff are very attentive, the food in the Club Lounge is good, the swimming pool is peaceful. However, this time, dueContinue reading “Saadiyat Island Weekend”

Fashion Tips from my Saudi Sisters

I have been living as an Ex-pat in Saudi Arabia a little over two years now. I have to admit, I have not had the privilege of getting to know many Saudi women, and those I have met have spent considerable time living in the West. Accordingly, the things I speak of here are merelyContinue reading “Fashion Tips from my Saudi Sisters”

Easter Dinner in Riyadh

As an Ex-pat living far away from home, it is particularly easy to get homesick on traditional holidays. To soften the blow, I try to do my best to re-create our family traditions and celebrations wherever I may be, and to include friends who feel like family. Of course, adaptations must be made and flexibilityContinue reading “Easter Dinner in Riyadh”

Sports-filled Getaway to King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)

After our 10 1/2 hour drive from Riyadh that included two sand storms and a flash flood, we finally arrived at our destination: King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). KAEC is a planned community less than an hour north of Jeddah, on the West Coast of Saudi Arabia. We got there just before sundown. After checkingContinue reading “Sports-filled Getaway to King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)”

Riyadh to Jeddah: Road Trip

My husband and I are accustomed (maybe even addicted) to frequent travel. Wanderlust is in our veins. Due to the pandemic, however, we hadn’t left Riyadh for more than two months. Our holiday plans to travel were canceled. Our “Plan B”, to fly to Dubai, also was negated. Bursting with cabin fever, we decided toContinue reading “Riyadh to Jeddah: Road Trip”

Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine in Saudi Arabia

As an Ex-pat living in Saudi Arabia, I was fortunate enough to get both doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Notice to Haters: I was legitimately eligible, medically and age-wise; I did not lie, cheat, cut in line, or pay anyone off to get my vaccine. The whole process was amazingly painless. I downloaded the MinistryContinue reading “Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine in Saudi Arabia”