Another beautiful (and hot) day, so we decide to go back to the island. Well, actually, every day was pretty much the same. It’s pretty hot here, even in the winter. Add a good dose of humidity, and you have a need to dip yourself in cool water… especially after a workout. Abdu was coughing again, so we had him with us.
Bus ‘Lay-by’ (bus stop) outside one of the schools
Abdu and Mauski were in the habit of gathering fallen plumeria or other flowers to present to the bus drivers when they got on the bus. Pretty cute. He’s got his Superman towel on.
Riding the Orange Bus on to the island
One of many beach access areas
Island Recreation Club
The Womens’ workout room
Overlooking Pure Cafe Restaurant and Lounge out by the pool. I mainly used that elliptical right in front of the window.
Shot from the pool deck overlooking The Red Sea
I waited for this class to end to get into the pool and cool off after my workout.
It was pretty deserted mid-day during the week.
“No swimming” sign
Very peaceful here… the only sounds were the lapping of little waves on the rocky shore, the wind whistling through the joints of the umbrella, the rustling of palm leaves, and the occasional bird call.
What a setting…
Going on to the university campus
The bus system is the main method of getting around the KAUST community. Bicycles are plentiful as well. But some families do have cars. Driving can be a liability, though… while it is legal for women to drive in KAUST, there is apparently no training. As a result, many Saudi women get into accidents because they don’t really know how to drive. And insurance? Maybe not. We were in a bus one day when a Saudi woman pulled out right in front of us. She didn’t even look first. Our bus driver braked and swerved to avoid a collision. I was dumbfounded.
A security guard at the gate. Most times, you have to show your ID before they let you through upon entering. But we could just hold our ID up for them. They wouldn’t come on to the bus (except at the main outer gate when we were re-entering after being in Jeddah).
Waiting in front of the medical center for the Purple Bus. That’s the one supermarket across the street… Tamimi Market. There’s a small Tamimi right by the university as well.