Friday, October 8, 2010

Beach Trip

Here are some pictures from our recent trip to the beach on campus.  And by on campus, I really mean a short bus trip south of campus past the trailer park where all of our service workers are housed.  I would have liked to take a picture or two because it seems sad that while they spend their days toiling to make sure our every needs are met, they live in tiny little trailers.

Anyway, the beach was nice, really hot, but nice.  Swimming in the Red Sea was like taking a really salty bath.  The water is quite warm, too warm to be refreshing honestly.

The beach had cute umbrellas to sit under.  Steve and I spent a couple hours lying around enjoying the weather.  It was incredibly windy the entire time we were there.  It's probably because we're right on the sea, but it is surprisingly windy here almost all of the time.  It makes me wonder why they don't do more with wind turbines here.

They do wind surfing lessons at the beach.  And you can rent boats and such.  We haven't done awesome stuff like that, but we did go on a little cruise over Eid which was a lot of fun.  And they're starting to do snorkeling trips, so we're thinking about doing some snorkeling here in the near future.


  1. "It makes me wonder why they don't do more with wind turbines here."
    Really? I think Saudi has some other plentiful and cheap source of energy, but I can't think of it at the moment...

    Hope you are well, it was great skyping with y'all the other day!


  2. They do have a lot of cheap energy here, (gas is about 50 cent/gallon) but they also publicize this place as an energy friendly university trying to advance the economy as a whole. They're doing some solar testing with BP and water recycling for watering grass so it's surprising they aren't doing anything with wind power.

  3. $.50/Gallon! I wonder what shipping costs would be like...