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Published: April 1st 2010
March 31, 2010
I'm back in Khafji, Saudi Arabia for trip #6 to The Kingdom. Khafji is located just south of the Kuwait border in the very northeast tip of Saudi Arabia. I'll be here until 14 April and I left Minneapolis last week. My mission is to prepare for a series of four assessment centers that start next Sunday (Easter Day). Obviously Easter isn't a big deal here in The Kingdom, which explains the start date. However, I'm brought along two packages of marshmallow peeps to distribute to my colleagues. One package is yellow birdies and the other has neon pink rabbits.
The setup for the center has gone very well, but I discovered what happens when you plug in a computer component designed for 110 volts into a socket that has 220 voltage. It works well for about 15 seconds and then you hear a very loud pop, kind of like an explosion. Then smoke appears and drifts into the air, as when you blow out a candle. And then absolute death occurs. I saw the soul of my computer component (called a “hub”) drift up and out of the room. Amazingly, someone knew where there was a
computer store in Khafji and I was able to buy a replacement. It’s not very good quality, but it works.
I am staying at the new “Guest House” at KJO, so no more villas. However, this is like a very nice hotel and it is brand new. It only has 20 rooms and two suites and I think there are more staff people than guests at this point. It’s called Al Jazzerah Guest House. The best part is that it has wireless internet (unlike the villas) so that is quite nice.
It is located about 100 feet from the edge of the Persian Gulf, so the view is quite pretty. I took some photos of the sunset, as well as my accommodations.
The weather is beautiful this time of year and the sun is shining brightly. All in all, things are going well and I am happy.
Be sure to see the photos below and click on the "page 2" link to see the "extra photos" I've uploaded. You can also click on any photo to enlarge it, and then use the numbers at the top to scroll from photo to photo.
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