Holiday Inn Riyadh - Al Qasr
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We went to the desert, in an SUV with no name, for the first time last weekend. Since a four wheel drive vehicle is required (and we don't have one) we were travelling with Verna and Robert (a veteran MHI couple). They have become our official tour guides and good friends.
Our first stop was the camel trails at a geocache site around Najad Plateau south west of Riyadh.They were constructed as a system of switchbacks up the steep escarpments and have been used ...
... their mess where they sat and the next day a crew comes and cleans up all the garbage. It is quite the garbage sight!
As a final wrap up - the things I miss most after my kidlets and mom of course
1. Believe it or not my CBC tv shows
2. A nice glass of pino gris
3. Being able to drive myself somewhere (not that I would here). Feeling a little trapped on occassion.
... instant culture. This is so ironic to me, considering the fact that coffee was founded in this region! And I'm an addict, so I want the good stuff here.
After teaching a class of about 30 upper-level students, me and 2 friends went out grocery shopping. It was quite the experience, as we got inside before prayer, shopped, and had to hurry and check out before the doors closed for the next prayer. ...
... dealerships to find my way back.
Oh well. I like to walk. It's also really relaxing after a long day at work. Today, some teachers still haven't shown up, and others are sick. I ended up teaching for about 6 hours straight, sooo I need something to help me wind down. I liked both of my classes today though. The first had very high level students, and I got them in a super competitive game of board race. It ...
... show off in school and get a bit made up. I was also surprised to see some ankles and arms--scandalous! Another norm is wearing shear shirts...I guess as long as they go to the elbow, it's ok. Strange rules.
My students seem to like English. Everyone in my first class said that it was their favorite subject. The levels are varied as of now, so I ave some beginners with intermediate students. ...