Typical Thursday

What’s one of the best things about Saudi Arabia?   Going for a walk in a park and finding a camel, of course!  

Travel Travel Travel

What is the best thing about living in Saudi Arabia? You are 90 minutes from Makkah, 2 hours from Dubai, 2 hrs 50 minutes from Egypt,  5 hours from Turkey, and 8 hours from Hong Kong. Seriously, living here is a travelers dream. I am hoping to sneak away and take another break to Dubai…

Oppressed or Overdressed: Fashionable abayas

Saudi Arabia in the past was a very common place to see women dressed in all black everything, from head to toe, revealing only their eyes. Some places of Saudi Arabia still have strict cultural norms requiring women to wear the niqab (think piece of fabric covering the face) to feel comfortable. However, now that…

Snow City, Riyadh

I’m pretty sure every expat I know has checked google at least once to see “what to do in Riyadh.” Myself and all of my expat friends here are guilty of it. Every time we want to do something here rely on google to tell us stuff to do. That is exactly how we found…

All that glitters

A common trend among women in Saudi Arabia is to have a solid gold necklace with your name written on it.  As a huge Sex in the City fan, it immediately reminded me of Carrie Bradshaw’s signature necklace. I personally never bought into the trend, but I have a Saudi mother-in-law who bought me a personalized…

Culture sharing

One of my favorite things about being an expat worker is that you often work with other expats from all around the world. The diversity is quite incredible!  It isn’t uncommon to see people from 10 or more nationalities working together. When we come together, we are able to share experiences and culture. On the…

Saudi Arabia has giant malls housing designer stores all over the country. Giant towers are full of beautiful designer items, luxury restaurants, businesses, salons, and more. Shopping here really is a unique experience but I cant help but ask myself, “Is designer really better?” Not saying I don’t love designer items from time to time,…

Vlogging

Hey guys! I am so excited to finally announce that my vlog channel is officially up! I am still learning how to create and edit videos, so please have patience with me until my skills improve. I am still learning 🙂 I hope to bring you more interesting and better quality videos in the future,…

Arabian hospitality 

There are so many negative stereotypes regarding the Arab culture, one nasty one being “they’ll kill you over there.” In my experience, it’s actually quite the opposite. People are very excited to find out I am American, and often want to get to know me better. I honestly believe that Americans here get treated with…

Foreignsick

Today my students asked me “which do you like more, teacher? Riyadh or Qassim.”  I had to hesitate for a moment because, as much as I like Riyadh, I actually kind of miss living in Qassim. (I know, I never thought I would say that…) As difficult as it was living there sometimes I actually…