At the very least, living here has been an amazing learning experience. That's not to say that it's been easy. I have learned that I'm not as flexible or accepting as I was when I was younger. Despite the fascinating history, the warmth of the people, and the fantastic food, there are many things about life in Saudi Arabia that I do not like - and most of them pertain to my perceptions of the treatment of women here, including myself, in this strict religious male-dominated society.
Moving here with a teenager presents problems on its own. The move was perhaps toughest of all on my son Adam, also known as "Captain Kabob." But he was a trooper. Read an interview he gave on my friend American Bedu's blog. After spending three years here in Saudi Arabia, he is now back in the states continuing his education.
I write this blog for the benefit of my friends and family that I left behind back home in America. These are my feelings, impressions, and experiences - the good, the bad, and the ugly.
For more background about my personal life, I have shared stories in these posts: How I Met My Prince and My Perfect Wedding.
Selamta Magazine article: I wrote an article called "The Amazing Sculptures of Jeddah" for Ethiopian Airlines in flight magazine which also featured several of my photos. Click HERE for the webpage format, which is a little easier to read.
INTERVIEWS FEATURING ME!
In addition to the variety of different subject matter I have written about on this blog, I have also been interviewed on several other blogs and websites:
On Newsline Magazine, "Exotic Paradox" featuring three female bloggers who are married to Saudis.
On Jeddah Blog, "Susie Says" interview on April 22, 2012.
On Future Husbands and Wives of Saudis, on March 21, 2010.
On CNN-Go Asia, on February 1, 2010.
On American Bedu, on January 21, 2010.
On Expat Arrivals in January 2010.
On Ghada's World, on November 29, 2009.
On The Age in May 2009.
On Future Husbands and Wives of Saudis, on March 21, 2009.
On Adventurous Women Blog, a two-part interview - Part 1 on January 7, 2009, and Part 2 on January 8, 2009.
I also wrote these guest posts on the Sole Sisters Collective:
More Than Just a Pair of Shoes
Walk in Their Shoes (Part 1)
Walk in Their Shoes (Part 2)
MY PHOTO BLOG, FACEBOOK GROUP, AND OTHER INFORMATION:
Please be sure to also visit my photo blog with over 1000 posts featuring a new photo every day from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, ranging from the ordinary to the extraordinary:
JEDDAH DAILY PHOTO JOURNAL, from May 2012 - the present.
JEDDAH DAILY PHOTO JOURNAL, from March 2008 - April 2012.
3 BLOGGERS have teamed up to encourage open discussions about Saudi Arabia and The Middle East on FACEBOOK. LAYLA of BLUE ABAYA, CAROL of AMERICAN BEDU, AND I, SUSIE OF ARABIA, are now working together to promote a better understanding of Saudi Arabia.
JOIN US on our FACEBOOK GROUP, "Susie of Arabia."
And also, if you are on Facebook, please join this cause: Yes 2 Women Driving In Saudi Arabia!
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