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:
- 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.
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!
6. The Edge of the World reminds of Shadowland in the most beautiful way.
7. There are opportunities for Christian foreigners to congregate and worship here without fear.
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
9. Do not go to a wedding on time in Saudi Arabia. Arrive three hours later than they tell you. Trust me.
10. Many expats increase in three areas while living here. They increase in their wages, in their wardrobe, and in their waistline.
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.
13. Seeing my Muslim students and colleagues praying throughout the day reminds me to pray without ceasing.
What questions do you have for me about my time in Saudi Arabia? What have you learned while living here?