25 Aug A Western Woman’s View-Living in Riyadh, SA, Post 1
In 2009 Gary was a consultant for King Saud University in Riyadh, SA for 6 months. His role was to advise them on how to build a research park. Since he served as VP of Research Triangle Foundation for 16 years this was a perfect fit. For me it was a journey. I joined him for 1 month. There were not a lot of opportunities available for women in The Kingdom, so once I arrived & settled in, I started a Blog – my first ever. Depending on your generation we use to “blog” by writing in a diary. Enjoy the read & thanks for taking the time to “travel this journey” with us.
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Day one in Riyadh – April 2009
We made it to Riyadh safe and sound on Sunday morning around 9am. We are 7 hours ahead of NC. They don’t observe daylight savings time here so it gets dark early. Living in a city surrounded by the desert you can imagine it’s very dusty here, constantly blowing our noses more than normal. I think I’ll take the pollen. We’re staying in the city in an apartment, about $2,500 a month – 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, small kitchen & den. Interesting for sure. Tile floors throughout, 10-12 foot ceilings, very limited closet space, kitchen has a very small gas oven/stove. The propane tank sits next to the stove so we have to turn it on each time and light the burners with a match. Small windows in each room – 4 total. Not a lot of light. You Wolfpack fans will appreciate that the furniture, drapes and rugs are all in the red family. Being a UNC graduate, Gary was excited about that color scheme:-). AC works very well, thankfully. The staff is very accommodating, especially to women. They all were glad to see Gary return. A few of them speak some English and those that don’t smile a lot – it’s entertaining.