Regardless of our plans and our vision of where we will end up, life has its own agenda, taking us down roads we never even knew existed.
I leave those cultural rules at the door when I come home, and live my private life just as I would back home.
I socialize like an expat with mostly expat friends who are also married to Saudis.
She first moved to Saudi Arabia in 2007 after marrying a local, and now lives in the country’s capitol, Riyadh.
In her free time, which she has plenty of in the Kingdom, she enjoys photography, reading, writing, and cooking.
Whether it’s poverty, gender equality, or corruption, if you’re living there or raising a family there, they’re your issues too.
We as expats have the power and the responsibility to make a positive difference in our host countries. Mandi is an American woman who grew up in the Midwest, never dreaming that her life would take her halfway around the world.
If a woman is lucky enough to come from an open family, she will enjoy a free education, be encouraged to work if she chooses, have a say in who she marries, travel the world, and come and go as she pleases.
If she comes from a more conservative family, she may not be allowed to do any of those things.
You can even live here for years and still not be aware of certain things that can affect your life until they actually happen.
So I’m here to tell you what it’s like to be a woman in Saudi Arabia, at least from a Westerner’s point of view.
Her guardian may be her father, her husband, her uncle, her brother, or even her own son.