Other survival moments this week...the “blood extraction.” Everyone kept asking if I had “done the blood extraction yet?” Thankfully I was only subjected to a regular blood draw. Plus 2 vaccinations and a PPD. “Needles” to say (haha), not the best part of orientation.
On a more pleasant note, I bought some real, live, green plants! Not sure if I’ll keep them alive, but for now they are a Great addition. Speaking of…how are all my plant-sitters doing? I didn’t give you all that free TP for nothing! Status updates please. Feel free to include photos :)
It also turns out that I LOVE my abaya! The abaya is the long, black gown I have to wear every time I leave the compound (which includes all these orientation sessions.) Cultural implications aside, it is Wonderful! I don’t ever have to decide what to wear, I can wear the same thing q’day, I can wear very little underneath, it’s black so I can spill crap all over myself…besides being a little hot, it’s Awesome.
Sooooo much to learn here! I’m anxious to see how my initial perceptions change with time & further exposure. Hopefully I’ll make some Saudi friends and have opportunities for first-hand perspectives. For now, I’m looking forward to getting my buns out of the sit-&-listen mode and into the ER!
Hope you are all doing well – I Love the messages, snaps, texts, email, comments here...except for trying to rotate pictures, it’s all Super Fun! If all else weren't so different I’d hardly believe I was on the other side of the world!
Take care ya’ll,