Going for a Swim

Here in Riyadh, many compounds (expat residence communities) have swimming pools. But if you don’t have a friend on a compound, can you go swimming? Yes, you can!,

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Mulan: If I Were a Boy …Saudi style

Mulan …If I Were a Boy…Joan of Arc Just before I left Korea, I was teaching the story book of Mulan to my grade 5-6 students.  The story

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You’re Welcome: Marhaban

You’re Welcome …Marhaban! Living as a woman in Saudi Arabia means you’re constantly guessing as to whether you’re allowed or not. A few weeks ago, for example, I

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Crazy Women Drivers

Crazy Women Drivers The first thing you’re greeted with when you walk in Le Mall is the sound of electric cars tooling around. Driven by toddlers up to

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Really …you can’t celebrate Xmas or New Year’s!

Teacher friends planned a Christmas part in their apartment, which has only foreigner residents. They posted a sign in the lobby saying “Christmas Party” with the time, date

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A Real Picnic

Grass? What? Really? Where? …was my friend’s incredulous response when we told them we’d gone on a picnic, and sat on the grass eating lunch. King Abdulaziz Historical

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Non-Alcoholic World

Non-Alcoholic World It’s a bit of a shock to walk into the classroom and see what looks like an opened can or bottle of beer on a student’s

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What are your plans for the future? …oh no, not you

We are preparing our girls for the final exams. One part is a speaking test. We, the teachers, act as interviewers and assessors for this test. This week

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Girls of Riyadh

Girls of Riyadh  In Jarir Bookstore, two weeks ago I first noticed the bright red cover of the Girls of Riyadh. It was on an end-of-aisle display of

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Christmas Dinner …oops no I mean Graduation Party

Christmas Dinner …oops no, better make that “Graduation Dinner”

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