Even after almost three years here in Saudi Arabia, it’s still jolting for me to go out to a mall or grocery shopping, and just about all the women I see are wearing black veils covering their faces. I just can’t imagine going through life like that. The veil doesn’t seem to stop women here from doing what they want though. If anything, wearing the veil seems to make some women here more bold and aggressive – like taking cuts and not waiting in line for their turn. It’s as if they have anonimity so they take that as a green light to be rude or behave badly. Maybe it’s because wearing the veil makes them appear invisible to some, so they in turn overreact to get noticed. I don’t know. Anyway it is common to see veiled women on television here on talk shows and such, but this was the first time I ever saw a veiled woman artist instructing in the finer points of how to paint. I was intrigued at the bright colors she uses to paint with (because everything here is so black and white), plus the fact that she paints a lot of human figures and faces. I remember when I first arrived here, one of the first things my mother-in-law told me was that I shouldn’t have photos or paintings of my family on display in my own home. I have since been to other homes where this “rule” doesn’t seem to apply.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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