2017 … So Far

I had been working in Dammam, Saudi Arabia since August 2016. I hadn’t been to the capital city, Riyadh, yet. However, things soon changed for me. Dammam is only a thirty minute car ride from Bahrain. On weekends I made my way to Bahrain’s capital city, Manama.   In late January I took a trip…

A Quik Story 

I awoke and did what I usually do which is type ‘Dj Quik’ into my iTunes app to listen to some of his music. I was pleasantly surprised to see that he released new music — the Rosecrans LP. Now I am poolside reading a book and intermittently putting the book down to post to…

Sons of The Desert

Scroll through these photos to experience the trip I took to the Edge of The World on Inauguration Day, Friday, January 20, 2017. My train was to depart at 8:35am. When I arrived early to the train station I was ushered directly to the train which was surprising because I was allowed to board nearly half…

3 Reasons to Love Saudi Arabia

1. Supermarkets Bristol Farms, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, a farmer’s market and Target would have to combine forces to compare with the Sueprmarkets on steriods in Saudi Arabia. The international variety of goods is stunning. The choices of fruit, vegetables, juices, and meats are staggering. Oh! The cheeses and olives! 2. Gas It’s cheap! I think…

Saudi Like Me

Being that it is my first time traveling to this part of the world, I had no idea what I was in for. Intimidated is an understatement for what my initial emotion was while I stood in the customs line at King Fahd International Airport. It didn’t help that the customs official, a young Saudi man,…

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

As I lay in bed recounting the day’s events and thinking of tomorrow’s challenges, I am excited, filled with wonder, very curious, but also slightly apprehensive. Nevertheless, I had another day in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and I must count my blessings. I am alive. I am free. I have the chance to see…

Leaving My Native Land

This journal entry sheds a little light on moving to the Middle East. Luckily, I initiated the application process in January — a time when I was on vacation from my assistant professorship in Korea. It wasn’t until two days before my return to Korea in February that I recieved word that I wa hired….

And Now This!

At the urging of a couple of my colleagues I have decided to embark on a new journey. Although Korea has been my home for nearly a decade I am 1) no longer willing to put up with my current housing arrangement, 2) afraid that if I continue working in Korea I will forego a…