Welcome to our as-yet, off-white painted townhouse — or villa — as they are called here. We are inside a western compound, one of many highly guarded living areas for non-Saudis living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Ours is called An Nassim Compound, and it has approximately 40 living units, and is, as far as I know, the only compound made up entirely of International Schools Group employees. So every one of our neighbors is also a co-worker.

It’s small, about two city blocks long, but does include a Recreation Center with a squash court (similar to racquetball, I gather), a large kids play room and a well-kept library. There’s also an outdoor tennis court and a small soccer pitch. And then there’s the pool, or as we’ll call it “The Lester Worth 4 p.m. Daily Destination Spot,” that is, once the rest of the Lester-Worths arrive. I included a picture of the pool.

But even better than the pool is the number of young children on the compound. Unofficial count has 15 kids between the ages of 2 and 6. Our kids fit nicely into that demographic.

Give it time and certainly this will change, but three weeks in I have yet to meet a person on the compound who I didn’t almost immediately admire and enjoy. It’s Utopia. A blessedly diverse Utopia.

Safe to say we’ll never own a home in our lifetime as nice as the villa we are now calling home for the next two years. It has its fair share of things that need fixing and updating — I have filled out close to a dozen maintenance request forms, including handrails on the tall steps for the kids — and, of course, there are the hundreds of feet of off-white walls. But these are challenges we look forward to tackling.

If you click on the photo collage below, you should be able to scroll through the pictures, read the captions and click the arrows on the side to move to the next picture.

I write this on Friday, Sept. 16, and it’s likely that my family may not join me for another couple weeks. Obviously, that is my top priority.

NEXT UP FOR ME: Either a photo collage of the school campus or a story about my father’s major impact on this journey, despite he being dead for more than 18 years. I also have something brewing about the language barrier, even though a large chunk of the population speaks at least some English.

NOT NEXT UP: Saudi customer service.