Shukran شكرا جزيلا  (thank you)  for visiting my blog.

This is all about my adventures and experiences in Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during my senior year in high school.

Some of you may or may not already know me from the blog Peace. Joy. Pancake .

I hope that you will find my newest expat blog   interesting and come across information that will be useful and informative to you.

I have decided to make this blog after my past years in Kosovo, a course in journalism in school and a training course  with Al Jazeera Balkans.  I have realized that living abroad is quite an amazing thing to do and people like to read about places they haven’t visited. From my time in Kosovo and the research before going there, I know that the things one can read on Wikipedia and other sources is not always 100% accurate, especially when it comes to the negative aspects of a place.  I think that this is mostly because it has been online for a long time and things may have changed a little as time passes.

So I will do my best and provide an up-to date, positive and realistic insight into the way of life in the kingdom as a non- Saudi, while respecting the customs and rules of this place.

If there should be any content on here that you, dear reader, do not agree with for whatever reason, please let me know (respectfully) through the “Contact Me” page. I will appreciate that very much, as well as any other suggestions and feedback or other concerns.


14 thoughts on “About”

  1. I have a question about blogs and Youtube in Saudi Arabia.
    I’m looking to teach English there, but would like to maintain my blog and YT channel. Would I be able to? How is internet censorship there in 2014?



    1. I am aware that internet censorship exists in Saudi Arabia but did not experience it much personally. Depending on what sort of content your blog and YT channel has, you should be able to keep it. Just beware that you may not criticize the royal family or make disrespectful remarks about Islam or write anything else that could be seen as offensive by Saudis. If you keep these things in mind, you should be fine.



  2. Hi there
    This is a really nice blog you have here I liked your posts. And I think you can help me with my research.
    I’m planning to start a business in a compound in saudi.
    Since the compounds are closed community, what are the services you think people living there need inside the compound which are not available ?


    1. I have left Riyadh quite a while ago now. If you have any such business plans, I suggest you contact some compounds in Riyadh directly, as most compounds already provide some services to their residents. Best of luck!


  3. Hello! I enjoyed reading your postings about life in Saudi, and am appreciative of any information I can get my hands on about the country. I am a single, American female planning on moving to Dharahn for a job opportunity this Fall. I understand that you lived in Saudi a while ago, but I was hoping that you could at
    least give me your honest opinion- considering the recent events in the Middle East, do you believe it is a safe, wise decision for an American to relocate in Saudi? Thank you so much for your time, I look forward to hearing from you.

    Karissa Lynch


    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! I am glad you like my blog, especially since you are a local. I read part of your blog and I find it very humerous. Thanks for sharing. Will look into it further. Do you mind telling me what list you found me on? Sometimes I get added without me knowing. 🙂


  4. Thank you, I got exactly the information I was looking for (can women walk alone in Saudi?) in a charming, well-written blog that gave me a lot more than I expected – I have a real, live picture from your descriptions which tell enough but not too much. KSA sounds much nicer than before! And a beautiful picture of that old Arab village! Preserved, I hope!


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