Saudi Update – Missiles and More!

Welcome back to our wonderous, fabulous blog! It’s time for a bit of an update on our time here in the KSA!

We started school almost 2 weeks ago and while Ana is teaching in person (mostly), I am still 100% remote. The Saudi Ministry of Health has its own guidelines that we are following. If the country reaches 70% vaccination rates, which it hopes to do by the end of October, all students will be allowed to return in person. So…we’re hoping! 🤞 Aside from that, however, school is moving along well enough!

We’re getting fairly well settled in also. Banks set up, water deliveries, food deliveries, everything we could need! All that’s really left is to figure out how to order online from a few places, like Amazon Saudi, and to get driver’s licenses and a car. We’re hoping to get one before October, but who knows. Inshallah. We don’t really want a car, but for the weekends and navigating, it will be incredibly useful!

Now on the fun bit! This past weekend, we had a fun missile scare! The Houthi rebels in Yemen like to try and disrupt different things in Saudi Arabia, one of which is oil production. The eastern coast of Saudi is the largest oil production area in the country and home to Saudi Aramco, one of the largest oil producing companies in the world.

Anyways, the rebels launched several missiles across the country, but thankfully the Saudi government intercepted them. That said, there apparently a few people injured, though as I understand it, it wasn’t bad (I could be wrong) and some very minor damages to buildings.

It was certainly a bit tense when it happened as we were not sure what was going on and the chats were all abuzz with speculation. We finally learned what happened and there are several news outlets who covered it as well. You can read more about it here at Reuters.

Having been through a few shootings, both by myself and with Ana, this was definitely scarier in terms of the ideas that it’s completely out of the blue and our control with zero warning. That said, we are not worried, nor does anyone here seem to be worried either, so we go forward! C’est la vie!

Anyways, that’s all for now, but keep an eye open as Ana and I are planning to start a podcast, in which we HOPE we’ll have our first one up this weekend! Stay tuned!

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