Winter without a coat

I haven’t worn a coat yet this winter – abayas don’t really count.  I miss the US and my friends in Chicago but I do not miss the Chicago winters – all that scraping of ice and shovelling of snow. The weather here on the Red Sea is perfect right now and I am enjoying every minute of it although already there are hints of what it will be like later in the year.

We have been busy here at KAUST for the last while – the Winter Enrichment Program has been a big success. The talks and lectures have been great and the visitors have been suitably amazed at the campus and facilities. And make no mistake, it is amazing. Three years ago, there was nothing here but sand and now there is what amounts to a small, very beautiful,  and very high tech city.

I am trying to take advantage of at least some of the many things KAUST has to offer. I am going to the gym practically every day – I don’t really love it but if am to live to be 120, then I need to make an effort to stay fit and healthy. Really, with all the stretching I am doing in the Pilates classes, I should be at least an inch taller by now. Last week, I went to a beach here called Silver Sands – it was gorgeous, white sand and turquoise water. It felt like heaven. Another day, I went into Jeddah and went to a beauty salon with an Irish friend and had a special hair conditioning treatment – lots of fun, and the treatment was nice too. I made the mistake of agreeing to having more “volume” added at the end though – foolishly, I thought this would involve some sort of mousse. Not so, the very nice lady at the hair salon produced her comb and proceeded to back comb my hair. I didn’t have the heart to ask her to stop. I emerged looking like one of the Stepford wives. It’s actually not a bad look for me – I may have to change my opinion about big hair.

I am here three months now – the time has flown by.

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One Comment on “Winter without a coat”

  1. barbara Says:

    I am in Chicago… we had a foot of snow yesterday, along with an earthquake… are you sure you don’t miss it 😉


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