Settling In

We are, indeed, settling in. We have become accustomed to checking the prayer times when we go to the mall so we know when the stores will be opening/closing. We have figured out the layout of the Red Sea Mall and can now find the Starbucks with ease. Last night we were there and Noel requested that we go to a store called Tokyo Games. We looked at one another in total mystification. Did such a store exist, we wondered? Of course it did – and it was filled with the kind of stuff that Noel loves best. We hadn’t even noticed  the store even though we must have passed it  on previous visits to the mall. To each, his own, I suppose.

Thus far, I have encountered only kindness here. People make room for us at their table at the food court or beckon us over when they are about to leave. We haven’t, as yet, had to deal with parking at the mall. It will be interesting to see how that plays out here.  (It must sound like we spend all our time at the mall, but that’s where our lives intersect with the broader Saudi society. KAUST is a world unto itself – lots of intense people with very high IQs. It’s rare air and has a very similar vibe to what I recall from Caltech.)

Very soon, I will have been here for a month. I really don’t know where the time has gone. The weather is perfect here right now, warm but not too hot as long as you avoid midday. I could get used to this.

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2 Comments on “Settling In”

  1. Kristin Says:

    It was fun to have met you the other day at Discovery square. 🙂
    What is funny is that I will always know exactly how long you have been here at KAUST, you arrived the same day Jeriah was born. Ha ha!

    • irisheyesksa Says:

      I was delighted to meet you too. What a lovely family you have. I am very pleased to be associated, even in a very peripheral way, with the birth of such a beautiful baby.


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