Back to da island

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

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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.

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Rid­ing the Orange Bus on to the island

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One of many beach access areas

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Island homes

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Island Recre­ation Club

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The Wom­ens’ work­out room

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Over­look­ing Pure Cafe Restau­rant and Lounge out by the pool. I mainly used that ellip­ti­cal right in front of the window.

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Shot from the pool deck over­look­ing The Red Sea

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I waited for this class to end to get into the pool and cool off after my workout.

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It was pretty deserted mid-day dur­ing the week.

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No swim­ming” sign

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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.

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What a setting…

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Going on to the uni­ver­sity campus

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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.

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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).

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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.

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