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Touchdown. First shot. Dining room, kitchen. Everything I brought is in these three bags.

Five Bedroom Villa

Ok! Everyone asked where I would live when I arrived in Jeddah. I had been told that I would be living in a five bedroom villa in a walled compound. It is known locally as the Andalus compound. It has high walls, about twelve feet with a security gate manned 24 hours a day. There is a pool, sauna, basketball court which doubles as a soccer court, lounge, and internet café. I have a villa that was reserved for me since my visit last December. That means it’s been empty awaiting my arrival. I’ll discuss more about that in a future post. Yup! Five, count ‘em, five bedrooms! What does a single guy do in all that space on two levels? And, I am coming from a fairly spacious four bedroom apartment in Manhattan. So far I just peeked into three bedrooms but haven’t been in them. One bedroom has a TV set up and is a den/sitting room. The master bedroom has a king bed and giant walk-in closet. There are four TV’s but no microwave or vacuum. I have a washer/dryer and an ironing board (no iron). There are dishes but no pots to cook with. Most of the minor technicalities have been solved. I now have an iron, two giant Dutch ovens as pots. I will have to find my own microwave. Drat! So far without reliable transportation, I haven’t been able to find the local home goods store. It will wait. Meanwhile I eat out frequently. Restaurant eating is relatively inexpensive. I can’t ever be dehydrated. Everywhere I go, someone is offering me bottled water.

Hereafter follow the Saudi adventure in my blog Imaged Event. (See the sidebar.)

Living room, high ceilings, rug, heavy curtains, flat screen TV

The Stanley Cup Finals!?!

King bed, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, of course

Master bath, no towel, no shower 24 hrs, air dry? No prob.

4 responses

  1. Wow, what a wonderful experience you will have. This would be a great place to visit. My brother lived there on an engineering work assignment a number of years ago, but said they could go nowhere without armed guards accompanying them, so he stayed in the compound the whole time. I think I would have been more adventurous. You will get great photos I am sure.

    June 19, 2012 at 8:44 am

    • So far I have not felt threatened in any way. Unless you count walking, which can be a process of life risk. The cars rule. Sidewalks are terrible. No one walks. So you dodge. Even a green light is not safe.

      June 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm

  2. My advice? (Unsolicited, of course) is to live at the hospital. That “living large” house is too hollow for you and a few skinny gekos! It looks like an awful side road motel to me. You are living like a monk. I just know it! Ha Ha. Do you read Topsy’s blog? She’s in a similar compound in KSA, I think. It’s pretty unusual. The redeeming feature of the house is that it’s plenty big enough for any number of new wives… AND their relatives! Be careful and watch for traffic. Coming from Manhattan, you get it about traffic. 🙂
    I can see that this is gonna’ be fun. 🙂

    June 21, 2012 at 1:06 am

    • The photos were taken of an empty villa that I had just occupied. There’s a bit more clutter as everything from my bags have spread out. It’s still large.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:58 am

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