Other mother

The other day in class I tried explaining the concept of a nuclear family to some of my students. During the lesson it dawned on me that maybe it was a stupid thing to teach despite being in the book, because most of my student’s fathers have more than one wife, so what I was…

The Eid Proposal

Considering I was the only person in the room who didn’t speak Arabic, I didn’t feel so bad about excusing myself into the next room to take a phone call. I was really into a conversation with my friend in English when a stranger I had never seen before rounded the corner and started to…

Eid feast photos.

Eid is to Saudis as Thanksgiving is to Americans- a day to eat, eat, and eat some more. Then eat again. I spent Eid with a Saudi family, and they slaughtered 3 sheep, so we were able to have a bountiful feast. There was a lot of meat to work with, and they worked it…

The Sassy Slaughter.

THIS POST IS GOING TO BE A LITTLE BLOODY AND GRAPHIC AND WILL DEPICT PHOTOS OF ANIMALS BEING SLAUGHTERED. PLEASE DO NOT SCROLL DOWN IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE TO THIS TYPE OF MATERIAL. You have been warned. If you read my previous post, you probably know that I spent Eid with my friend Sara. You…

Sheeple

Eid prayer starts around 6am, so I decided it best to stay with my Saudi friend the night before Eid so that I wouldn’t have to worry about finding transportation early the next morning to celebrate with her. I arrived to her home as soon as her brother, mother, and daughter were leaving to go…

Closure

Probably Saudi Arabia is the only place on Earth that the world stops 5 times a day. When I first came here, it didn’t bother me. Not even a little bit. All I could think is ‘oh how relaxing it is to take a break 5 times a day’ or ‘mashaallah, how great is it…

Mosque sick

Homesickness. It’s peoples number one excuse for why they don’t want to work in a new country. And to be honest when I first moved here I thought it would plague me. After moving to Qassim I was so upset I wasn’t in Riyadh I woke up from a dead sleep at 4am and cried…

can u not?

I guess you could say I found my “signature scent” when I was only 21years old. Think Arabic oud meets the sweet yet crisp scents that don’t overwhelm the American pallet. That’s Faedatik, by Swiss Arabian aka my favorite perfume in the world. Don’t get me wrong- it isn’t my only perfume. I really love…

Kentucky?

Usually I love love love cooking and doing kitchen things, but here I have been too lazy and disorganized to make food. And usually in my own country I never ever eat KFC, but here I seem to eat it on a semi-regular basis. Clearly I am a changed woman. I kind of dreaded ordering…

For years I had successfully avoided it. I had put myself through extreme discomfort, near-accidents, and weird waddling walks. But the day came that I couldn’t keep putting it off, and it was out of extreme necessity that I had to do the hardest thing I ever had to do. I finally found myself face-to-face with…

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…