Everything is temporary

While I am waiting on my visa to arrive, I feel like everything is so temporary. I can’t make any solid, long term plans because I don’t know how long I have until I return back to KSA. The other day there was a really great sale on chicken at the grocery store and I…

mafi sabr

Summer has officially ended and autumn is here. The new semester has started and I am still in the states. Yes, you read that right. My students are having class and I still don’t have my visa or flight back to the kingdom. My husband tried staying here as long as he could but sadly…

Kendra in USA

My year in Saudi working for Al-Khaleej Training and Education has finally concluded, and I am safely home in the states. But that doesn’t mean I’m not returning to Saudi. I plan on returning this fall but working as a direct hire for a different university. Did I want to leave Al-Khaleej? Honestly, no. The company…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Bus ride to Qassim

My first day in Saudi Arabia was spent in Riyadh. I was supposed to be at Al Khaleej headquarters at 9 am, so I decided to go for a walk and explore the city for a while. Honestly, I fell in love it, so you can imagine my disappointment when the head of the company decided…

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…

Living arrangements

When I arrived to Buraidah, I wasn’t sure exactly what it would be like. I’ve heard that it is one of the most conservative cities in the world, so I have to admit I was a little bit nervous. Turns out I ended up living on a compound, which I have to admit is 1000x…

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.