Sassin’ the Sheik

So, if you didn’t read part one, maybe head on over and do so before you read this post. M had left to find the other sheik he had spoken two. He had made two separate trips to the courthouse to speak to this man about our marriage, and he had agreed to marry us….

Riyadh and chill

This weekend was fun because I got to get away from my ultra-  conservative city here in Buraidah, and head to the capital city of Riyadh. It’s still conservative, but not so conservative that I can’t ditch the niqab and head to Buffalo Wild Wings with my friends. It’s kind of like replicating the American experience,…

There are two main types of clothing here- There’s the mainstream western apparel (like HM, Zara, Steve Madden, and so on.) Then there is a more traditional eastern apparel, which mixes fun prints and colors with gorgeous embroidery. Most of the dresses are long and flowy, and they have a bohemian vibe to them. Even…

I don’t.

I know everything in this country is a giant pain, so you would think I wouldn’t be so surprised to find out that the marriage process is difficult. I didn’t realize that it’s senseless. Seriously. It makes no fricking sense. Dr. Mo went today to talk to someone in one of the courts to see…

What to pack?

Most of you reading this probably read my blog regularly enough to know I work for Al Khaleej Training and Education. If you are new, you probably didn’t know that, and odds are you are a new hire who wants to know more about the company and found my blog through google. Already I did…

Cinnabae

Part of why I wanted to move to KSA was so that I could have many new experiences. New culture, new people, new language, new food: so, it makes it that much more ironic that the best food I have found here is actually available back home. I finally am forced to face the realization…

YAS.

I am going to get so fat here it is ridiculous. I ate the most delicious food yesterday, although I’m not even sure what I ate! It had different types of rice and pasta, plus fish. It was super colorful and super delicious!

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…

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…

Kitchen Loving

So, everyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with my kitchen. It’s my favorite room in my home. I love to cook and bake, so it’s only fitting that I have a nice kitchen. Well, I went to a home goods store and I nearly had a heart attack. It’s going to hard…

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…

Cooking roosters

I’ve avoided this topic as long as I possibly could. I guess it was just naive of me to expect I could avoid it forever. But today was the day it finally happened. My students at Qassim university, located in one of the most conservative cities in the world, asked me the difference between “cook”…