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!