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No Woman, No Cab (Unless You’re Lucky)

When I wanted to get from A to B while I lived in the Balkans, I had the choice between walking, taking the bus, hitchhiking (which a lot of peope in Kosovo do, even female KFOR soldiers) and taking a cab. Here in Saudi, there is no such thing as public transportation yet, hitchhiking in this society is probably as unthinkable as the possible invention of a time machine any time soon…

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My Attempt On Learning “Survival” Arabic

After learning five languages during my lifetime, at some point I thought that, that should be enough. As I am spending more and more time in Saudi Arabia though, which is the place where I live now, I have realized that staying here for a year without knowing a single word of Arabic would be not only a stupid thing to do but also kind of inpolite towards all the Arabic speaking…

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A Visit to the Souq

For those who get bored by the large and modern malls that are all over Riyadh, I recommend to pay a visit to the Suq (pronounced souk). It’s a mostly open market place with either several market stands or small shops that stand right next to each other. These little shops make me think of the ones I saw in Kosovo. At least just a little bit. There are even local women,…

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Beautiful Places in Riyadh: A Trip to the Edge of the World

Recently, somebody stumbled upon my blog through the search term “beautiful places in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia”.  As I have been on another quite amazing trip today, I thought of writing about THE most fascinating place in Riyadh in case there are any other people looking for things to do in the kingdom. Today I have visited a place that is called “the edge of the world”. It is not the edge of…

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Desert Landscapes, Camel Farms

Even though I planned on staying home over the Hajj break, so I could study the material that I have missed, I could not resist and go on a short trip to the desert, about two hours away from Riyadh. It was more of a stony desert, so I couldn’t find any “desert diamonds”, which are small pieces that look like glass and look like diamonds once polished properly. These can only…

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Taste Test Saudi Style

One of the great things about moving countries is that every culture you come across over there, has its own way of doing things. This also seems to apply to my classes at the high school I am attending here. This week, we were doing a so called “Taste Test” in my IB Business and Management Course. This basically means that once the class has split into groups, each group brought in…

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Why Did I Move to the Kingdom?

Tonight I started with the first chapter of the book that I may eventually write about my stay in Saudi Arabia. It may not be entirely structured like a blog post but it answers a question that some of the readers of this blog may have as well, so I thought of sharing the following with you: Most of the Western people that will pick up this book and open to this…

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The Week Starts On Sunday!

A couple of weeks ago, I was posting on my Facebook how strange it is to get up for school on a Sunday. Thereupon, one of my friends seemed to be totally surprised, if not shocked, that I have to attend school on Sunday. If you are planing to go to Saudi for whatever reason, you should get ready for some slight changes in your working schedule. There are not only the…

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How Do Women Eat Or Drink When Covered Up?

While taking a break from my catch up studies for school, I thought I could take the time and answer a question that several people have asked me before I left for Riyadh. Women in Saudi Arabia must wear an abaya, burqa or niqab when leaving the house. When wearing the burqa or niqab, the woman’s face is covered either entirely or it leaves a little room for the eyes. So how…

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Saudi Phone Calls

About an hour ago I received a phone call. I don’t know what I expected but when I picked up to answer, I was greeted by a female voice speaking Arabic, while somewhere in the background I could hear a child cry. As I tried to explain to the lady in English that I did not understand Arabic and that she probably had the wrong number, she just kept talking in Arabic,…

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