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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 ...
... but all the men behind us hadn't moved at all.
My first impressions of Riyadh were
1. ****, it's hot
2. Traffic is crazy! Shut your eyes and it will be what it is. Whoever has the nose of the car in first has the right of way. Horns are honking even before the lights change. Road construction everywhere- worse than Winnipeg and slow through the zone means nothing. More on that another day.
3. Everyone is so happy ...
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 ...