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Today was teacher training in the university, which meant a revision of rules and our online systems. It's interesting to note some of the rules, as they seem a bit contradictory. For example, abayas are not allowed in class, but we must wear long skirts and shirts to our elbows. Interesting stuff.
All of the teachers were treated to a buffet of delicious Saudi food. My personal favorite was this ...
My new favorite hobby (other than watching the traffic accidents outside my window and chasing cats) is wandering around the apartment complex. I'm pretty sure people think I'm crazy when I do this for the following reasons:
1- I usually go out at dusk when it's cooler, which is the time to shut yourself off inside.
2- I like to walk in solitude. What is a dainty female doing out without a male guardian?!?!
3- I ...
So, I have now been through a basic orientation and started my first couple days teaching at SEU. The university is pretty interesting. It really focuses on blended learning; thus, 75% of the English my students will be learning is online. I just teach one class a day for 4 hours, 4 times a week. Four hours has seemed to be quite a large time allotment. Although we have 40 minutes of breaks (sometimes ...
It's been a strange journey from Washington D.C. to Riyadh. The initial flight to Doha seemed ridiculously quick despite the fact that it was about 13 hours long. I just slept, woke up, ate airline food, and passed out again. I had a devout Muslim mother and her son next to me. They seemed a bit uncomfortable having me so close to them, but I was polite as can be. I also made a friend by giving an Indian man sitting across the aisle my toilette. He said I had a great soul. ...
Al Heet is a town just outside of Riyadh. The cave itself is not one of the tourist attractions you'll find on the internet. All the same it's always amazing finding places that naturally retain a lot of water in this very dry climate. Also, like most places here sadly, it looks like a tourist attraction with all the litter in and around it.