Best hummus in Saudi Arabia

One of the best ways to find out about good restaurants in Riyadh is by word of mouth. It seems like when you eat somewhere that’s delicious, you tell your friends about it. When my husband’s friends told him about a restaurant called Al Kofeia, a Palenstenian restaurant, he really wanted to go. I wasn’t…

Camel Appreciation Post

Can we please Just take a minute To appreciate How amazing Camels are?   I mean, look at these guys!!!!   Look how stinking cute and friendly How could you not love them?   Salaam, KC

Coronaviruses

Right now it seems that the world has been in a state of chaos ever since the Corona virus outbreak. Some countries are doing a great job and handling it well. Other countries seem to be struggling (looking at you, USA). One of the countries that is doing a fantastic job of keeping the number…

Social Distancing

Being a rather socially awkward adult, I am actually not having a problem with social distancing during this pandemic. I have my family at home with me, I see some of my friends on animal crossing, and I use facebook and whatsapp to talk to everyone else. My daughter, however, is having a more difficult…

Niqabi or not?

When I first came to Saudi back in 2015, it was almost like a whole different world. The kingdom was still a closed,  almost secretive society. The Ha’ia roamed the streets, looking for people doing something they shouldn’t be doing. Women weren’t allowed to drive! It was a very strict place, and to top it…

chocoffee

One thing I learned about living in Saudi is that food plays a central role in everyone’s life here. Every week I collect so many chocolates and candies from students as sweet as the goodies they give me. It is common for my colleagues to knock on my office door with fresh baked goods. Saudis…

Perpetual Summer

One thing I really love about Saudi Arabia is the lack of winter. It is comforting to know it will never snow here. I prefer the scorching heat to the freezing temperatures I faced back home. It’s nice to be able to enjoy a park in the winter months.   Salaam, KC

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…

Istaraha

There are not a lot of recreational activities in Saudi Arabia. Gender segregation is enforced very strictly not only by the government but by the people that reside here as well. One fun weekend activity would be to have an Istaraha party. An Istaraha is a small house with a giant walled in yard. Most…

Expansion

Although Riyadh is already massive, you will see more construction all over. I sometimes wonder if they will ever quit expanding… Salaam, KC

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!