American Southwest Family Vacation

We followed historic Route 66 on our way to see the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert, plus much more in New Mexico and Arizona.

End of Tour Summary: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Here are our stories from two and a half years of living in Saudi Arabia while exploring the region.

Excursions to Oman

On two different trips, we strolled Muscat, hiked Wadi Shab, and sailed a dhow through the fjords of Musandam.

Our Expedition to Jordan

Highlights included tracing the steps of Indiana Jones into Petra, following Lawrence of Arabia into Wadi Rum, and floating in the Dead Sea.

Our Adventures in Sri Lanka

Safaris to spot leopards and elephants, swimming in the Indian Ocean, sipping tea in the mountains, and several more!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The world outside the hotel door

Tampa-
I'm in town for a couple days for a conference, but it's winding down now. I'm staying in the same hotel where the the conference is being held, making lunch the only time I made it out into the sunshine. The walk back to my room after today's wrap-up found me strolling down the nondescript, windowless hallway. The rhythm of the doorways was only punctuated by the lonely copies of USA Today abandoned by their owners that the cleaning staff hadn't cleaned up yet.

About two hours later, I noticed that someone had slipped a flyer for Crispy's Pizza under my door. Actually, I didn't notice them slipping it under, only that it had been slipped under my door as I sat in my room watching the TV. Which seemed strange, like I felt my personal space was violated by a piece of paper on one side of the door but a whole pile of of paper on the other side of the door was totally legit.
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End Of Tour Summary: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

We spent two and a half years in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on our second tour in the Foreign Service with the US Department of State. As you migh...

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