About This Blog, and About Me: Susie of Arabia
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. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
Please be sure to also visit my other blog, SUSIE OF ARABIA (formerly SUSIE'S BIG ADVENTURE), which relates my experiences, thoughts, and observations about living in Saudi Arabia.
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Category Archives: contradictions
I’ve shown you photos of over-the-top evening gowns several times before. These were just so colorful, I just had to include them! For an explanation of when dresses like these are worn in Saudi Arabia, see this post and read … Continue reading
This is something you thought you might not ever see – a veiled Saudi woman clad in her black abaya fishing with her children. I snapped this photo in the late afternoon in a busy area of Jeddah’s Corniche, the … Continue reading
While many faces and exposed skin of women here in Saudi Arabia are scribbled over with a black marker or pixilated, images of the royal family men are proudly displayed by many businesses everywhere.
It’s rather ironic in ultra-conservative gender-segregated Saudi Arabia that women dressed in black tents from head to toe are placed in the embarassing and uncomfortable situation where they are forced to buy their undergarments from men who are so good … Continue reading
While alcohol is strictly forbidden by the religion in this country, many products are packaged to resemble and imitate forbidden items. “Near Beer” is very popular in this country and comes in a variety of flavors – and is quite … Continue reading
This is not exactly something one might expect in strictly conservative and religious Saudi Arabia -a wild and crazy wall inside a local Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Shop in Jeddah. You can see Arabic writing and the “BR” logo on … Continue reading
One of the things that bugs me about living here in Saudi Arabia is the seeming unconcern for all the trash everywhere. This is an empty lot in the middle of a developed residential section of Jeddah which is filled … Continue reading
While women out in public here in Saudi Arabia are generally covered in black from head to toe, men can wear virtually whatever they want, including shorts and t-shirts.
Taxi services are a real money-maker here in Saudi Arabia – and it’s no wonder, considering that half of the population (women) are not allowed to drive in this country. From what I have read, taxis do such a thriving … Continue reading