First of all, I had the best time with my hubby! I honestly was a tad nervous to be spending 17 days with him and no kids. . .it has been so long--2006--since we've spent more than two or three days together (just us) and I just didn't know what to expect. (There is a bit of honesty.) And we had a super time! We laughed so hard and enjoyed one another so much! I am so thankful that we got that time! We had to part ways in the DC airport this morning and I got on my plane to Denver and just cried. I love him!
My second favorite part was the friends I made. I truly feel at home where we were. I hated leaving because I felt like I was leaving behind some very dear friends. I think I was the most shocked by how at home I felt with so many ladies. I feel like my new girl friends are and will be a huge blessing in my life!
I love Saudi Arabia. The culture is fascinating and the people are just regular people. It was great to get to watch some and interact with other. I wish the world could get a more complete view of the people of the Middle East!
The sand storms are not very fun. I can't really think of a positive spin to put on those . . . a good facial, I guess. But overall, the weather was pretty perfect while we were there.
We got to go to KAUST for a couple of days before we left and it is beautiful. It sits right on the Red Sea . . . if I went to school there I would get absolutely nothing done! Someday I'll have to go back there and SCUBA dive in the Red Sea!
So, overall, the trip was a super success! I loved it! And now I am sitting in the Denver Airport after 40 hours of traveling and dying to get on the last plane to see my kiddos. I cannot wait for some hugs and a snuggle or two (or three or four or five).
|Andy and I had the opportunity to fly to the Red Sea and see KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology). It is a beautiful campus right on the Red Sea. Amazing! This is a view of the campus from one of the faculty offices.|
|KAUST with Scott & Leslie|
|Krispy Kreme in the Dammam Airport|
|This is what all of the Saudi Arabian Airlines planes say right by the door.|
|Kuwait City at midnight last night.|
|These are the girls who threw me the abaya party. What a fun night we had!!!|