Friday, May 31, 2013

Dubai for the 2nd Time

Dubai was a destination for one of my weekend trips a few months ago, but I was able to take an extended weekend trip with Eiman just a week ago.

I felt that this video gave a pretty good look into the Dubai lifestyle.

And here is a video of one of the most memorable experiences while I was there in Dubai.  Much like the Bellagio fountain show shocked and amazed me when I saw it shortly after returning home from Korea, the Burj Khalifa fountain show gave me chills that were entirely reminiscent.  Large fountain shows set to music just seem to give me chills.

Lastly, take a look at my personal photo album that I shot while I was there.  It was a really wonderful 5 days and 4 nights!

What's The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Like? Take a look...

While I've been in KSA for almost 9 months now, I haven't written too much about it when it comes to factual information.  That's partially because I don't want to say something that would stupidly and mistakenly get myself, or even worse someone else, into trouble.  So I've basically just stuck with captioning my own photos.  I've tried to only take pictures when Westerners are present.  However, there is a completely different culture here that is very interesting to learn about.  If you want to learn more, here is a great little piece done by someone who knows the country well.  Why can he tell you facts while I can't?  Well, breaking the news here has already gotten him hurt and worse - someone else...

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Photo Extravaganza!!!

Long time no see.  It appears as though my time here in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has been much busier than I had originally expected.  Well, to be "entirely" true, I was hoping my life here would be fun, exciting, educational, and enriching but I was entirely prepared for it to be boring, constricting and empty (which is the common expat response I got to what it's like living in KSA).  After just 4 months I can say that my experience here has been almost as good as my wildest dreams.  No, I haven't befriended a prince that will lavish me in extravagant riches for a few hours of my English teaching, not yet, but in every other way possible my time in Jeddah has surpassed my expectations.  Life has been great.  I regret that I haven't been able to blog that much, but I want to try and make up for it with a cornucopia of picture slideshows!  With Facebook, Skype, emailing, and texting, Blogger has taken a backseat, but I hope to keep posting on here.  As long as I can find some free time in between all this fun stuff!  Enjoy for months worth of photos from my time in KSA:

Ok, please take a closer if you choose.  I have been writing captions for everyone :-) 

Christmas, New Years, and Dubai pictures will be up as soon as I can write those captions, and I have a Yanbu snorkeling/scuba diving weekend video that I'm working on.  I hope you all enjoy!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Durraht Al Aroose Again

A number of weeks ago I traveled outside of Jeddah to a beautiful resort community for a fun evening with friends in a mansion-like villa (pics here). After an experience like that it didn't take long for me to return to the scene of the crime. This was just another great weekend with friends:

Saturday, October 6, 2012

I'm on a Boat!!!

It's strange. When I read all about Jeddah I never read of any experiences like this, but after a month I'm praying things like this will continue.