|Aboard the Dream Island|
Saturday, March 18, 2017
By Greg BollrudSaturday, March 18, 2017:, ., diving, JED15-17, On the water, Product Reviews, Saudi Arabia No comments:
We had the opportunity to join Red Sea Safaris on a two-day search for whale sharks in the Red Sea along a reef near Al Lith, where the season runs from mid-March to mid-May. Our tour organizers are also whale shark researchers...so our kids also got to see what real field research is all about! On the first day we saw blue spotted rays and moray eels. On the second day, we saw many of the same things...plus manta rays and dolphins!
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017
With no firm plans for the day, we drove along the dramatic Amalfi Coast (considered by many to be one of the "Wonders of the World") making stops in Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello.
|Seaside in Positano|
Thursday, February 23, 2017
From our base camp in a seaside villa in Sorrento, we explored some nearby Roman ruins on the shoreline before heading north to walk off lunch by wandering the ancient city streets of the long abandoned Roman city of Pompeii.
|Cave Canem: Beware of Dog|
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Have you ever decided one day that you should just take a few days off and go somewhere next week? Well, the kids had a long weekend coming up, so we decided to depart Jeddah and fly over to Italy for the weekend. The idea was to base ourselves out of Sorrento, then visit the Roman ruins in Pompeii one day and drive along the Amalfi Coast the next day. It was a great getaway vacation, and here are the highlights.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
By Greg BollrudTuesday, January 31, 2017Foreign Service Career, FSCE, Process Improvement No comments:
Foreign Service Construction Engineers are responsible for managing multi-million dollar projects to provide safe, secure and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and support our staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives. To ensure that these facilities represent American values and the best in American architecture, design, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture and construction execution we have to get several certifications. For me, fall is my re-certification time.
Friday, January 06, 2017
By Greg BollrudFriday, January 06, 2017:, ., City Tour, Foreign Service Life, JED15-17, Qatar No comments:
Qatar Airways had direct flights back to the US for our Christmas break, so we took an extended layover in Doha before making the return flight to Jeddah. We spent the day walking along the Corniche, took a ride across the harbor, and got lost in Souq Watiq looking for pearls.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
By Greg BollrudTuesday, December 27, 2016:, ., Cyprus, Foreign Service Career, FSCE, JED15-17 3 comments:
Over the winter holidays, we were given what is known in Foreign Service parlance as a "handshake" for our next post: Nicosia, Cyprus. This will be our third assignment with the Foreign Service: Washington, D.C. was first, followed by our current assignment to Jeddah, Saudia Arabia. And I should point out that after the first two assignments, folks are usually tenured and considered to be "mid-level" and that changes how one goes about getting an assignment. And, as always, my career field does things differently. But I digress.
|The Flag of Cyprus|