Dahlia

Whenever I see someone I haven’t seen in a while, I’m always greeted with a “I noticed you’ve stopped blogging.” And, in my awkward state, I always groan “yeahhhhh” awkwardly in reply. Not totally because they are right and I have stopped blogging, but mostly because I am surprised anyone at all reads my blog….

Barefoot on a summer night

It can only be described as the perfect evening as I am sitting around with my loved ones, laughing and enjoying ourselves the same as we did  in old times, before everyone got busy and wrapped up in their own lives. Everyone is so jovial, content just to be in each other’s company. I’d forgotten I…

When people think of the Arabian gulf the usually envision tall, glittering skyscrapers that almost reach the heavens, luxury cars, and blue oceans. While all those things are present, lets not forget that there is a lot of farm land housing camels, horses, and other animals. It’s often nice to get away from the glitz…

What’s really under the abaya?

If you ask anyone to describe what a Saudi woman wears, most likely they will say a long, black garment. Technically, that answer is correct. Saudi women are required to wear an abaya, or robe-like garment when they are in public. With that being said, just because women wear abayas in public, doesn’t mean that they aren’t…

Why do you blog?

Recently I received a message from a former professor I had in my undergraduate career at Marshall University. He informed me that he would be teaching a class in the spring semester focusing on blogging and other forms of social media, and asked me to write a few words about what I do and why…

Presentation day

I always love it when my students have a presentation. It’s so amazing to watch them progress in their language abilities and come out of their shell. Their progression is made better by their visual aids- FOOD! That’s right, every presentation yields enough food to feed us for a week. No matter what their topic is,…

آنا 3> الرياض

It’s always nice to find something vibrant and exciting while taking a walk. Photo taken at Culfest on Tahliah street. This is my lovely friend Shiana, who is currently teaching in Qassim, Saudi Arabia. We love Saudi Arabia!

Home spicy Home

Eating habits really are a weird thing sometimes. When I am home all I want is to try something new and interesting. Give me any ethnic food! I would love to eat Indian cuisine one day, Lebanese the next, followed by Chinese.  Now that I live in Riyadh it is totally different and my friend…

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…