Arabian Return Chapter IX: Ramadan

Arabian Return Chapter IX: Ramadan

BY Colleen Wilson / /

Ramadan began the next morning, Saturday, September 6th, 1975. That is the yearly month of fasting, prayer, and good deeds each Arab or Muslim is required to fulfill as part of their religion, unless they are ill or under a certain age.

Arabian Return Chapter VIII: The Long Hot Summer

Arabian Return Chapter VIII: The Long Hot Summer

BY Colleen Wilson / /

The next day, July 26th just happened to be our birthday, both Oran’s and mine coincidentally, but since we had done so much for the past three days, considered that to be our celebration. Sharon Morris had me over for coffee that morning, and the Kings had me over for dinner that evening.

Arabian Return Chapter VII: My First Trip to 'Udhailiyah

Arabian Return Chapter VII: My First Trip to 'Udhailiyah

BY Colleen Wilson / /

Oran had some business to take care of that required him to go to the Administration Building in Dhahran on Monday, July 2lst, so we caught the 7:30 bus that morning. After his business, we went to Al-Khobar to shop and have lunch at the Al-Gossabi Hotel.

Arabian Return Chapter V: Vicky and Keith's Visit, Part III

Arabian Return Chapter V: Vicky and Keith's Visit, Part III

BY Colleen Wilson / /

The next day, Thursday, June 12, started another weekend. It was really hot already, with temperatures ranging from 109 to 111 degrees in the shade. Keith and Vicky went on one of the student group outings, west of Abqaiq to the Andar area to hunt for sand roses.

Arabian Return Chapter V: Vicky and Keith's Visit, Part II

Arabian Return Chapter V: Vicky and Keith's Visit, Part II

BY Colleen Wilson / /

After Oran flew back to ‘Udhailiyah the next day, Sunday, May 18, Vicky and I tried a morning Arabic Class with Jeanine that was taught by a woman, but decided we still didn't have time to go every day.

Arabian Return Chapter V: Vicky and Keith's Visit, Part I

Arabian Return Chapter V: Vicky and Keith's Visit, Part I

BY Colleen Wilson / /

We still hadn't heard from Vicky and she was due to arrive in 4 days, so that evening the call that we had been trying to get through for three days finally made it. Everything was fine, so we were relieved about that.

Sun and Flare Archives Are Here!

Sun and Flare Archives Are Here!

BY Aramco Expats / /

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The long-awaited, much anticipated Sun and Flare archives are once again available on AramcoExPats.com. Take a trip down memory lane beginning with the Dust Rag in 1945 then leading into Sun and Flare through 1970.

Arabian Return Chapter III: Death of King Faisal

Arabian Return Chapter III: Death of King Faisal

BY Colleen Wilson / /

Oran flew back to Udhailiyah again the next day, Tuesday, March 25, 1975, with the intention of spending the night there for the first time. I made some business calls in connection with bringing Vicky and Keith over for the summer, wrote some letters, then went to visit Jeanine awhile.

Arabian Return Chapter II Cont. : Abqaiq Camp

Arabian Return Chapter II Cont. : Abqaiq Camp

BY Colleen Wilson / /

Daylight brought its own reward - the first real look at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia again and our camp. It dawned bright, sunny and cloudless, as it usually did, with a perfect temperature in the low 80's for now.

Arabian Return Chapter II

Arabian Return Chapter II

BY Colleen Wilson / /

This book contains the highlights of my return to live in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the mid-1970s after an absence of 19 years. It was written for the express purpose of recording the events of my life and those of my family and friends, during that time, as I documented and remembered them.

Arabian Return Chapter I

Arabian Return Chapter I

BY Colleen Wilson / /

As the huge plane lifted off the runway on March 20, 1975, I sat back in my seat and tried to relax. However, I did not want to dispel the excitement I felt at the prospect of going on this trip that would take me halfway around the world to start a new life.

First Trip to the K.S.A.: Chapter XVIII

First Trip to the K.S.A.: Chapter XVIII

BY Coleen Wilson / /

The next day, February 2, 1956, we left New York Idlewild Airport on the Aramco company plane. That flight was nice, too. We were assigned a compartment from the first, so we had privacy and extra comfort. The weather was ideal all the way, although cold in spots.

First Trip to the K.S.A.: Chapter XVII

First Trip to the K.S.A.: Chapter XVII

BY Coleen Wilson / /

Then, on November 11, 1955, we left Arabia again to go on our scheduled home leave after two more years with Aramco. We flew to Amsterdam, Holland, spent one night there, and then flew on to New York City. We spent another night there, then flew to Dallas, Texas, the next day and checked into the Adolphis Hotel.

First Trip to the K.S.A.: Chapter XVI

First Trip to the K.S.A.: Chapter XVI

BY Coleen Wilson / /

The first night we were home we had dinner with Pat & Guy who had kept our house boy, Britto, and the next day he came back to work for us again. It was good to be back “home”. However, Keith got sick again, so I took him to the doctor who said it was his throat.

First Trip to the K.S.A.: Chapter XV

First Trip to the K.S.A.: Chapter XV

BY Colleen Wilson / /

By the first of the new year, 1955, the company had decided on the schedule for the Refinery Hydroformer Training Program in the United States. So, for the next two weeks, we were finalizing plans for that. Both kids had to have a passport, so pictures were made (Keith had been put on mine on his earlier trip to the States).

First Trip to the K.S.A.: Chapter XIV

First Trip to the K.S.A.: Chapter XIV

BY Colleen Wilson / /

Activities continued with a Mexican meal cooked by Pat & Guy Smyth (always a treat for us), and to kick off the summer, Aramco gave a dance on the clubhouse patio. We went to that with Pat & Guy, Johnny & Mozelle, Ken Cobb, and Desda & Bill. Of course, everyone in camp attended that, so we all mixed & mingled, as usual.

First Trip to the K.S.A.: Chapter XIII

First Trip to the K.S.A.: Chapter XIII

BY Colleen Wilson / /

On the other hand, 1954 came in with a roar. It would be very active, not only with the kids, but with parties, sports activities, and friends. A number of new people would arrive in Arabia with whom we would become very social, especially three, not only for this year, but for a lifetime. However, for the first week, everyone kinda kicked back and relaxed and recuperated from the Holidays.