09 Jan 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 17.5 years this was a perfect fit for him. For me it was a journey – I joined him for 1 month. Because not a lot of opportunities were available for me in The Kingdom I started a Blog – my first ever. Enjoy the read & thanks for taking the time to “travel this journey” with us.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Day one in Riyadh
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. As you can imagine it’s very dusty here so we blow 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. Interesting for sure. Tile floors throughout, 10-12 foot ceilings, very limited closet space, kitchen with 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 a red color. Being a UNC fan 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.