Saudi Arabia
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  • Day5


    March 28, 2018 in Saudi Arabia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    After successful meetings in Riyadh I have arrived in Jeddah with the luxury of flying. It was much better than the 10 hour drive. I was greated by my long time driver and friend Ibrahim. I met him 5.5 years ago on my first trip and he has been with me almost in its entirety on my other travels here. His mother made us a wonderful home cooked lunch and in the evening I took them out to eat at a nice Turkish restaurant.
    The day wasn't all relaxing and eating though. We did get through inventory and began to pick up supplies.

    For those movie buffs or perhaps heggli/taylor nerds, I came across a situation that made my day. I was sitting with ibrahim and his brother, Ahmed, attempting to access their wifi. I asked them for the password. Before they replied i said "let me guess, it's 1,2,3,4,5". They looked at me shocked and laughed. They said "How did you know". I couldn't believe it. All I could think of is "that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. The kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage". It dawned on me, they had never seen Spaceballs and then it sunk in, they actually used 1,2 3,4,5 as a password without seeing spaceballs. I there fore had to show them the scene and we all had a good laugh
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  • Day8

    Wadi carcass

    March 31, 2018 in Saudi Arabia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Warning. If dead animals make you quesy you may want to skip this one.

    Today we attempted our first wadi in Al Birk, about 100km south of last night's lodging in Al Qunfudah. Upon arrival to the wadi we saw an existing station installation by another engineering firm. It was familiar because I designed it for them. So rather than waste too much time we moved on the the next wadi another 2 hour drive.

    Upon arriva,l the wadi had the most foul dead animal smell. I saw one dead goat just down stream of the bridge we were working at. I was hoping that was all, but as I crossed under the bridge I saw a couple stray dogs hovering around a pile of dead goats at one end of the bridge. To my luck this was the end of the bridge we had to work at, maybe 10 yds from the pile. A couple hours later as we were working under the bridge we heard a thud. I thought something fell from our scaffolding. I went to take a closer look and I found a dead baby goat about 6ft from the scaffolding. Fortunately no one was around the scaffolding when it happened. I will spare you the pictures.

    Tomorrow we will try to finish the station and maybe move on to another ....inshallah. I'll save my experiences with inshallah for another time
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  • Day6

    Al Henakiyah

    March 18, 2015 in Saudi Arabia ⋅ 🌙 30 °C

    We had a change in plans, which always happens in Saudi. We came here to install river (known as wadis)gauges, climate stations, and rainfall stations. We found out yesterday that we are not to install wadi stations at this time, which means our trip became a lot easier and shorter, but we still will drive great distances. Here are a couple photos from yesterdayRead more

  • Day15

    Flash Flood

    April 7, 2018 in Saudi Arabia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    My last post I posted too soon. Shortly after i posted, while we were driving to our hotel we hit some of the largest downpours I have seen in Saudi. We were on some back roads and came across flooded sections of the road. One of the more significant flash floods I posted a picture of. As we were winding our way through the mountains and along the wadis it was neat to see water in them and see locals flock to the stream. It was more people than I'd ever seen out and about in these rural areas. They were wading in it, taking pictures and picnicking near it. This is the 3rd rain event we have come across this trip, fortunately we have always been finished with our day when they occur.

    Today we installed one wadi and attempted a climate station, which had poor site selection at the peak of a mountain. As you can see in the pictures the view wasn't bad though. We are now in Al Baha
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  • Day12

    Starbucks in Taif

    March 24, 2015 in Saudi Arabia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    I forgot to post last night but we made it to taif, a vacation town in the mountains outside of Jeddah and Mecca. We even came across rain as we arrived in Taif. We are tearing ourselves to an iced coffee (a rare find in Saudi) before we depart. Notice the family only sign at Starbucks. We convinced the guy to let us in and serve usRead more

  • Day13


    April 5, 2018 in Saudi Arabia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Yesterday we installed the wadi station where there was water and then we drove north for 2 hours to Tathleeth. So far our trip has been pretty good when in comes to lodging. 3 of the first 4 locations we have been able to stay in a hotel for multiple nights and all have been decent places. Tathleeth is the start of the grind where we will be in 11 different hotels in 11 days. The hotel in tathleeth wasn't bad compared to what I have stayed in the past, though the bed sheet was more of a box spring lining without any mattress pad. So I decided to sleep on top of the mattress.

    Today we set out with the ambitious goal of installing 2 wadi stations that were 35 minutes apart and in route to tonight's lodging in Bisha. The first wadi went well. The team has been catching on quick. This allowed me to focus on surveying, allowing them to work on the scaffolding, as you can see in the pictures. Our Sudanese driver of the equipment truck you can see trying to nap whenever he wasn't needed. It was nice to take a day off from working on the scaffolding. The 2nd wadi we drove to and there was no wadi. They had the wrong coordinates. Fortunately it is near tonight's hotel so we will try in the morning.

    On a side note, Devon would like the shower I in my hotel tonight because it truly makes sense to pee in the shower (picture explains it)
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  • Day21

    Ar Rass and the crew

    April 13, 2018 in Saudi Arabia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Another long day but we are that much closer to our return to Riyadh. Only one nearby wadi survey and then a 5 hour drive. We should have a days rest before we prepare a meeting with the government then we get the crew back together for one last wadi install as the government watches. We had a unique crew this trip and thought I would introduce them.

    The first picture is my driver and leader of the hired crew, "Prince" Ramiz. He Is from jordan and not actually a Prince. He comes from one of the largest families in Jordan. We would talk about the powerful Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi and I soon started calling him Prince of Jordan. He Would laugh so his nickname became "Prince".

    The second picture is Abdul wadood of Yemen. One of the happiest (side note, auto correct tried to spell hottest, haha), nicest and hardest working individuals I have met in Saudi. He moved from Yemen 7 years ago. He hopes to move to the USA as with his wife and 4 kids. His best friend lives in North Carolina, near virginia. He was the guy I could always rely on.

    The third picture is our two Sudanese workers who were in the large equipment truck. Ahmed, on the left was nice but always tried to sleep when we got to our job site. He would sleep on the ground under the bridge or in his car if there was no bridge. He would be constantly woken up when we needed him, until yesterday when he refused to work. On the right side of the picture is Abdul Wahab. Very nice guy and hard worker. He would get upset alot, but in a non threatening way. It was kind of comical like when a kid would act up.

    Though it did not start out smooth, we found our groove and somehow this unique group of individuals were able to work somewhat efficiently by the end
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  • Day18

    Al Khurma

    April 10, 2018 in Saudi Arabia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Kind of crazy day so here it goes. Arrived at the wadi yesterday to see it was really muddy. We went down to evaluate it, telling our equipment truck to wait on the bridge. They didn't listen and get stuck. We drive to near by construction site to ask to use their loader, they refuse. We are in the middle of nowhere, so we find a small village a few miles away. We track down a man that owns the village loader. After a few minutes of the father/son duo playing good cop bad cop on the price we strike a deal. They remove the truck from the wadi. The guy then tells us that every year the water beaches the wadi bridge. This is a huge problem because it would destroy the equipment. So we move on to the next station while making phone calls on what to do about that wadi. We drive 2 hours to the location of a climate station. We finish it as the rain starts.

    When we finish we are uncertain about tomorrow. Will we get approval to install back at that wadi or do we move on. So we position our crew where the equipment truck stays put, relatively close to the wadi and we move north so that no matter the decision we still have a productive day, though it may be a longer day. We arrived at Al khurma, a town I was told had only one hotel, which usually isn't a good thing. Upon arrival the power went out in the town. It makes it interesting walking up 3 flights of stairs in the dark. After the lights came on, requesting them to change the sheets, another power outage, I was finally settled in.

    Not sure if I made any sense in telling that story. Oh well, off to another day
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  • Day20

    Last wadi before Riyadh

    April 12, 2018 in Saudi Arabia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Yesterday was a long day. We surveyed 2 wadis and the team repaired one that had been vandalized. Ended up being a 15 hour day.

    Today we woke up in Hail, installed our last wadi before we return to Riyadh. We should be back tomorrow. This also means I was able to move my return flight to April 19th, following some wrap up meetings with the client. Sorry I didn't take any exciting pictures. The first 2 is the vandalized site.

    Let me know over the next week if there is anything you are curious about or want me to take a picture of
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  • Day24

    Back in Riyadh

    April 16, 2018 in Saudi Arabia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We returned to Riyadh on Friday. Our team member abdul wadood insisted we come to his house for lunch. His wife made us a feast. It was great seeing him, greeted by his 4 kids. The 16 month old was adorable , seen in the 1st picture did not want to leave his side. She loved interacting with me.

    On Saturday I found the Starbucks cup/logo for emilie, then at night I found a burrito while walking around oliyah st (Riyadhs 5th avenue). You can see the kingdom tower behind me in purple lights.

    On Sunday we had successful meetings with the ministry followed by an Egyptian lunch with the Egyptian team members
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