Monthly Archives: January 2015

Chocolate cupcakes!

So Maus­ki and I decid­ed to make Eri­ca choco­late cup­cakes for her birth­day. I looked up some great recipes on the inter­net for choco­late cake and frost­ing and had bought some fun gum­my hearts and lips from Robitaille’s in Carpin­te­ria before com­ing here. And I also brought some can­dy canes I had left from Christ­mas, so we crushed those up and had our dec­o­ra­tions. Here are the results. They were SO yum­my! And I fig­ure peo­ple will ask for the recipe, so here’s the link: http://addapinch.com/cooking/the-best-chocolate-cake-recipe-ever/

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Safaa Golf Club

We walked to the near­by golf course and one of the employ­ees took us on a tour via golf cart. It’s a beau­ti­ful 9-hole course. You can see the uni­ver­si­ty and near­by homes from dif­fer­ent parts of the course. It was a fun ride with lots of plume­ria trees and oth­er famil­iar plants and trees. The first pho­to is of Eri­ca and Mohamed’s home.

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Safaa Golf Club

Museum day and the Mosque — part 1

I need­ed to get my pho­to ID with­in three days of enter­ing KAUST and Sun­day (Sau­di Arabia’s equiv­a­lent of Mon­day in the US) was closed because of the death of the king. So off we went to see if the card was ready. Secu­ri­ty hadn’t approved it yet, so we went to the muse­um before going to pick up Maus­ki, then back again to the office to get the card and to take her to Kuran lessons at the Mosque. Dur­ing her les­son, Eri­ca, Abdu and I wan­dered around out­side and I took a lot of pho­tos. There are quite a few, so I think I’ll put the muse­um pho­tos in this post and the Mosque pho­to in the next.

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This is at the main entrance of KAUST.

This is at the main entrance of KAUST.

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Hangin’ at the pool

We spent most of the after­noon at the pool. This place is so beau­ti­ful. Down by the beach is peace­ful… no swim­ming allowed, since it’s pro­tect­ed for wildlife. And the pool is great for kids and adults alike. It’s huge. There’s a kids’ pool off to the side, but not heat­ed cur­rent­ly.

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Saudi Arabia… and so it begins.

This is to doc­u­ment my trip to Sau­di Ara­bia to vis­it my daugh­ter and her fam­i­ly, who are stay­ing in Thuw­al in the KAUST com­mu­ni­ty, an hour from Jed­dah. I decid­ed to post pho­tos to show the expe­ri­ence. Here is the first set… from San­ta Bar­bara to their home.

Ready to go

Wait­ing for the San­ta Bar­bara Air­bus

East Beach

East Beach, San­ta Bar­bara

Right on time

On time pick up and ear­ly to LAX.

Green-bearded hills going over the Conejo Grade

Green-beard­ed hills going over the Cone­jo Grade

Passing the boot of Italy

Pass­ing the boot of Italy

Getting close

Get­ting close

Nice flight on Saudia

Nice flight on Saudia

At last... Mauski!

At last… Maus­ki!