Mashaallah

Before I came to Saudi, I guess you can say I had some preconceived notions and stereotypes about what to expect. Well, let me just say that my students have really shattered them. They are all so amazing, kind, smart, and unique. Really, each girl has something so special about her. All of them are…

Fashion sense

Saudi Arabia is considered as one of the most conservative countries in the world. There is a dress code, and women wear black abayas, hijabs, and niqabs. The only thing visible on most Saudi Women when they are in public is their eyes.  When they are with other women, however, they are able to wear…

Silence

“Prayer time. Everything’s closed. It should be reopened soon, if you want to wait here.” There was an eerily calm about the place, the entire place was nearly vacated except for a few people sitting quietly on benches, waiting for the stores to reopen. “Over there is a supermarket, so you can get any food…

Counting

Alhamdulillah, I can’t even begin to explain how blessed I am. I am so happy in my life and I have been given so many amazing opportunities and I’ve lived so many amazing experiences. But I have to say, whenever I count my blessings, I really have to count my students twice. They really are…

Al Khaleej Training and Education

DEAR READER: PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO NOT WORK FOR ALKHALEEJ TRAINING AND EDUCATION ANYMORE. Please read the following as a reference, but do not expect me to answer any questions about the company.    Whenever I got the job offer from Al Khaleej Training and Education back in June, I almost didn’t believe it…

I really want to take a minute to tell you guys how much I appreciate my company driver. Masha’allah he is such a sweet guy. He drives us girls from the compound everywhere, and he always makes sure we are on time for work, and he is always there waiting for us when we are finished. When…

My first day of classes

When I arrived at the compound around 9pm Tuesday, they said “we’ll see you at 7AM in the morning for your first day.” I was a little worried I would have difficulties waking up that early considering I was so tired from all the traveling and moving, however I ended up waking up at 3 am…

Cost of living/shopping haul

Okay so before I moved to Saudi Arabia I had heard people talk about how cheap it was, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so cheap. I am originally from West Virginia, and always felt like the cost of living there was pretty cheap. Then I paid $1.82 for a bottle of water, bottle…

Gratitude.

Getting ready has been quite the feat. Seriously, I can’t even tell you how many times I decided I was beyond done and just wanted to give up and not even try. Getting this job and getting would have been impossible without help from other people, and I really just want to say a big…

FINALLY

I’ve arrived to Saudi Arabia! I haven’t been here long, but already I have moved and started working. I will post several updates of everything that has happened this weekend when I have time available.

Going Away Party

My friends had me an amazing going away party last weekend at Ritter Park. They are the best. It was a lovely after noon. The weather was amazing and people brought food, which is awesome because as you have probably come to realize I really love food. Usually I hate saying goodbye, but they made it…

It’s really happening…

I can finally sleep through the night without waking up every hour to check my email, because my flight information finally came through! Look like I’ll be leaving on Sunday Monday to start a new chapter of my life. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am. I will leave Huntington at…