My Saudiversary – Friday the 13th

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It’s Friday the 13th and it’s been one year since I came to Saudi Arabia and one month since I started this blog. Thanks for helping me reach nearly 1,000 visitors, 2,000 views, 31 countries, and six continents in just one month!

A special thanks to all of you who have supported me and cheered me on from my first teaching assignment three years ago in China. You add fuel to my fire in the most amazing way. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.   I can’t write about all of the things that I’ve learned in this past year, but here are a few that came to mind.

What I’ve learned:

  1. Cheddar Bay Biscuits from Red Lobster are treasured wherever you are. Thank you, Riyadh, for giving me a taste of home.

2. The sand dunes here are just like the Windows desktop screensavers, but even better.

Sandboarding in Riyadh last year.

Sandboarding in Riyadh last year.

3. Water is more expensive than gas ‘round these parts. Hearing about it is one thing, seeing my friend fill up for just a few bucks blew me away.

4. You can’t just go to the store or restaurant all willy-nilly. This must be planned around prayer times.

5. I am so inspired by the talent, creativity, and work ethic of my students. Some of my freshmen college students are already entrepreneurs. Remarkable!

I could've sat there for hours. The Edge of the World was breathtaking!

I could’ve sat there for hours. The Edge of the World was breathtaking!

6. The Edge of the World reminds of Shadowland in the most beautiful way.

With a couple of my amazing friends, April and Trai from the States at the Edge of the World.

With a couple of my amazing friends, April and Trai from the States at the Edge of the World.

7. There are opportunities for Christian foreigners to congregate and worship here without fear.

I'm so thankful to have such a great church family out here in Saudi Arabia!

I’m so grateful to have such an incredible church family out here in Saudi Arabia!

8. The women here are striking and extremely curvaceous. The most remarkable thing, though, has been engaging with them by hearing what’s really on their hearts and minds.  1 Pet 3:3-4

Inside of the Ritz-Carlton last year in Riyadh.

Inside of the Ritz-Carlton last year in Riyadh.

9. Do not go to a wedding on time in Saudi Arabia. Arrive three hours later than they tell you. Trust me.

Birthday celebrations are extra special when living abroad. Some friends and I were celebrating my friend Nicola's birthday at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh last year.

Birthday celebrations are extra special when living abroad. Some friends and I were celebrating my friend Nicola’s birthday at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh last year.

10. Many expats increase in three areas while living here. They increase in their wages, in their wardrobe, and in their waistline.

Trying on an abaya for the first time in Bahrain before heading to Saudi Arabia. The hijab is worn around the head, the abaya is worn over the body.

Trying on an abaya for the first time in Bahrain before heading to Saudi Arabia. The hijab is worn around the head, the abaya is worn over the body.

11. Most stores don’t provide dressing rooms for women. You can go to the restroom and try on your clothes after you buy them and return them if they don’t fit.

12. Moving here was the best decision I made in 2014. Thanks, Dad & Billy for the extra nudge.

With my fellow teaching friends in the desert last year.

With my fellow teaching friends in the desert last year.

13. Seeing my Muslim students and colleagues praying throughout the day reminds me to pray without ceasing.

Celebrating Saudi National Day last year with some friends.

Celebrating Saudi National Day last year with some friends.

What questions do you have for me about my time in Saudi Arabia? What have you learned while living here?

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16 thoughts on “My Saudiversary – Friday the 13th

  1. Those shrimp look sooooooooooo good!! Kari and I were looking at your pix and she pointed you out. Sand boarding looks sooooooooooo good!! Great post, kiddo! Proud of you!

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  2. Truly amazing.So beatiful a blog Karissa. You are such an inspiration to many.May the Almighty grant you the grace to stay humble and just be you cause you’re soo COOL hun.Wherever you’ll be at, know that you’re loved and prayed for always. Keep it extremely up.Awesome!!!

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  3. You are so blessed and highly favoured .You are fulfilling purpose and you have a great future.We love you and you’ve been such a blessing..Keep up the good work Darling.

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  4. Happy Saudiversary!!! Love the pictures!!! I’ve never lived out a more planned out social life!! Thank you for sharing your journey with us!! This is awesome, keep speaking life to those young women, their time is coming!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, April! Thanks for being such an important part of my journey here. It was definitely part of His divine and masterful plan for us to meet. You are an inspiration to me and so many others. May God richly bless you!

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