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Najran 

This city is full of rich history and unique people. Clay houses mingle with newly constructed mansions and archeological sites containing Thamudic script are found in and outside of the city.

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Najran 

This city is full of rich history and unique people. Clay houses mingle with newly constructed mansions and archeological sites containing Thamudic script are found in and outside of the city.

To the States and back

After a month back in the States, I’m back in the KS of A. Life goes on I guess. Just finished 15 days of giving and participating in training. The crew is ready and students registered.  And now, the year begins.

There’s not a whole lot to mention because after you’ve experienced the life here, it gets old fast. There are ups and downs and time in between.

I hope to start running soon with a buddy from work.

Study. Sit. Watch pranks on Youtube. Work. Sleep. Repeat.

One of Seattle’s many gems. I love the architecture of St. James Cathedral.

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One of Seattle’s many gems. I love the architecture of St. James Cathedral.

My creativity has really gone south since moving to the KSA. I can’t wait to start my vacation - only 46 left until it’s back to the States!

Restart

After a long hiatus, my Arabic studies have restarted. Believe it or not, it’s easier to study the language in the West than in most Arab countries. Here in the KSA, there are absolutely no schools and when locals discover you’re foreign, they either speak to you in broken English or broken Arabic (not the slang, but a mix of Urdu, Hindi and Arabic). Schools for the Arabic language don’t exist outside of the few in Riyadh and perhaps Madinah. 
The three main places to study Arabic abroad are facing hard times now. It was originally my dream to work and study and Damascus but that’s off the radar for decades now due to the war. Egypt has the military coup and I’m not a fan of their pronunciation anyway. I’m still considering San’a for an intensive, but it will take a lot of funding.
I’ll close this ramble noting that I’ve decided to move forward with the book, Arabic Course for English-Speaking Students, which was originally used in the Madinah Islamic University. Yes, I’m well aware that it’s available online, but I’d rather use a hard copy and I was able to get all three volumes from Jariir bookstore for only SAR 99 which is about 23 USD. 

Chomsky back in the day. One of my heroes. 

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Chomsky back in the day. One of my heroes. 

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therealbohemian:

tomorrow

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It’s been ten years since I accepted Islam as my faith and moral compass. In the ten years of practicing, I haven’t been a part of better communities than those I found in Duluth, MN and Beaverton, OR. I think due to the small city size, many different folks from all backgrounds came together to make a community. The feeling of brotherhood and diversity has been absent from every other city I’ve ever lived in or visited.

#Katara cultural village. #Doha #Qatar #mosque #minaret #door

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#Katara cultural village. #Doha #Qatar #mosque #minaret #door

A wise man once told me that I should never be at a loss for words. “Words exist to describe every moment, we must learn them to live a more articulate life.”

a-bdlkdr:
Assalamu 3alaykoum akhi:), my English is not good enough to make the right sentences, so I hope it's not too bizarre: my question is what is your main job? I saw many photos in the Arabian states, but what do you really work for... Thank you for answering

Wa alaykum salaam, 

I am a site director of an English program in the KSA. :)

Tyler Durden without his alter ego in the shot