Sunday, August 31, 2008

24 Hours in Riyadh

Well, I'm here, even if my two checked suitcases aren't yet, but BMI thinks they'll be here soon. (I had two suits, two shirts, three pairs of unmentionables, and my allergy meds in my carry on bags... things will start to get really interesting by Tuesday if I don't get my bags soon!)

What to say... my house is huge - three bedrooms, two sitting room type things, an office space (which strangely enough does not have the house's sole internet access point), and God knows what else that I haven't found. I know a lot of people here already, which is very nice, but the others I've met seem to be hardworking, cynical, and sarcastic, with a penchant for off-color jokes. Feels like a good match.

Today I was at the embassy from 8 to 8. That's somewhat disingenuous, as there was a catered lunch (three new people arrived to the consular section this weekend, two leave this week) plus several hours of running around the embassy, meeting people and filling out paperwork. I'll be eased into the regular work schedule there over the next few weeks.

That's all I have for now. The internet's pretty slow here, and I'm too tired to worry about setting up the proxy server and the like (gotta access Pandora and AIM somehow). I hope to have Skype up and running in a few days. Ciao folks!


  1. Glad to hear you're settling in...keep the updates coming!

  2. Glad you made it! TWO suits in your carry-on?? I'm impressed...

  3. Glad to see you're getting Pandora over there. I'm living in Istanbul until Oct 2 and a good proxy is a must have. YouTube, along with 850+ and counting other sites, is blocked. You may have heard, I think the censorship started when the Greeks used YouTube to insult Ataturk. He was a badass and all, but this sucks. God knows what will be blocked by the time you get here.

  4. No, I don't have Pandora yet, but I hope to soon... I need to get a proxy set up. A Pandora-less life makes me sad. I wish you'd be in I-town a little longer; I might be able to swing up for a visit in November, but I can't really before the end of September because I don't have my residency card yet, which enables me to come and go from the country. What takes you to Istanbul anyway?

  5. Once you receive your residency card is it any trouble coming and going from the country on your own? Seems like I read woman are usually required to be escorted by a male relative.

    I'd love to see you in Istanbul. I'm sure I'll be back. If not next year then at some point while you're stationed here. I keep changing my travel plans to come back here and end up returning on ungodly long train rides, so I'm staying a while this time. I'm here visiting a friend, learning the language, and acquiring digital copies of some old Islamic Manuscripts for a project.