Monday, May 16, 2022


When I moved to Saudi Arabia in 2007, sight unseen, I knew my life would be changed forever. But what I never expected was to completely and utterly fall in love with the Saudi people and its culture. 

It took me a while to accept and get used to many things about life here.  Early on I could never see myself being happy living here long term. 

Without realizing exactly when it happened, I grew to love this wondrous and mysterious land and appreciate the simplicity, history, generosity and goodness that it had to offer.

Saudi Arabia has been my home for the past fifteen years - and now it's time to say goodbye. Over the years I've made extraordinary friendships, mostly through my blogging, that I will cherish forever. 

I'm proud that I've been able to help others in navigating this land of contradictions, fascination, and enchantment.  But now that I won't be living here any more, I feel it's time to hang up my blogging hat. 

So I just want to say "Thank you, Saudi Arabia" for always making me feel safe and welcome wherever I went. Thank you for opening my eyes and my heart to your ways and wisdom.  

Thank you to my wonderful husband for changing my life forever for the better by taking me on this amazing adventure with him.

Thank you to my readers who were as inquisitive and interested in this wondrous place as I was. And thank you to my friends who included me in their outings and made it easier for me to be able to explore this country.

It's been an amazing ride. I will leave a big piece of my heart here when I leave in the coming days.  

There is so much more I could say but I'll just let these photos say it for me.


Good bye - until we meet again!


  1. Best wishes in your next move! Are you coming home to the US? Hope to hear from you occasionally. <3

  2. Thank you for making me discover a world I knew nothing about. Life is a journey and you will navigate your next adventure with ease. Good luck Susie! I will miss reading your blog!

  3. Thanks for sharing the photos. So many different things with the culture! Safe travels on your next adventure. Linda in Kansas

  4. Going to miss your posts. Good luck for the future.

  5. Thanks so much to each of you for your kind words. We are returning to the US where we bought a home in the Seattle area a few years ago. We will be close to my family there. I will definitely miss my life here in Arabia.

  6. Susie - good luck to you with the move to Seattle! Your informative posts will be missed!

  7. Thank you also for your lovely blog! I found it a few years ago when my family moved to a neighboring country and enjoyed learning about your experiences ♥️ best wishes on your new adventures!

  8. I have followed your blog for many years. In fact, I think you're the only blogger I've followed for this long. Thank you for sharing your interesting life. Good luck on your new life adventures!

  9. I have enjoyed following your fascinating life over many years. I think you're the only blogger I have followed for this long. Thank you for sharing your interesting life and good luck on your new adventures.

  10. Best wishes for everything, Susie, and thank you for this blog.