Saudi Arabia is a land of many contrasts, but perhaps nothing is quite as glaring as the contrast between what men and women wear in public here. While women are clad in black cloaks called abayas, scarves and usually veils, revealing only their hands and eyes, men can wear whatever they want. The traditional garb that men wear is a long white dress called thobe, and either a plain white or red and white checkered scarf called ghotra on their heads. It doesn’t matter how hot the temperature is outside – and it is really hot a good 8 months of the year – women still wear the long black cloaks, which to me, is extremely impractical and borders on cruelty or insanity. I would love to wear a lighter color, but I don’t want to draw any more attention to myself than my rosy cheeks already do! ALL the women wear black here – I think it’s crazy and non-sensical!
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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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