I know. I know. I haven’t posted in a LONG time. It was a busy last half of 2014: I coordinated and prepared for the arrival of my puppies to Saudi from Saudi. Went on a few more awesome trips. Learned addicting card games (Canasta = crack). Talked to several science classes about Space Station Flight Control. Survived a temporary compound security lock down. And I’ve even picked up some new fun hobbies we can talk about when I’m back home. :-)
I’m also coming up on my 1 year Saudi arrival anniversary (Feb 14th) which is a good time for reflection or something like that. Last year included trips to London, Saudi, Shaybah, Istanbul, Dubai (twice), Bahrain (a bajillion times), Bangkok, Bhutan, Bali, and Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice).
I’m excited about this year too! Josh found out we are definitely here through 2015 and into 2016. So, I’ve started travel planning for this year. Tentatively, I’m planning Dubai Jazz Festival to see John Legend and Esperanza Spalding, Ireland for a St. Patty’s Day pre-party (early March), Japan for the cherry blossoms (late April/May), a USA trip in July followed by a Spain trip and a couple more locations in the early planning phases. I also feel that at my one year mark, I can semi-legitimately start passing out unsolicited advice about moving and living in Saudi, or least share tips on what has worked for me. 🙂 Lots of blog posts to work on. In order to keep up with the times and various media forms, I’ve created a blog Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram feed. These pages will definitely have more posts, photos, and random commentary that I’ve been wanting to share. I hope y’all have enjoyed the stories and pics I have shared so far and I’m excited to share more this year!