I knew I’d need to have my husband’s permission to travel outside of the country.
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.
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 never dreamed that my life would someday lead me from hearing about Saudi Arabia on the nightly news to actually living there.
I live like a local, in a large villa in an upper-middle class neighborhood.
With my inlaws, I am looked at as an honorary member of their tightly knit family, abiding by the unspoken rules of their culture when I’m in public or when they’re around.Our children play, we meet for dinners, we know each other’s husbands, we gossip, and we talk about how much we miss our home countries.For the longest time, women’s issues in Saudi Arabia were something I was aware of, but never concerned with, until they began to affect me.She may enjoy a life that very much resembles the one she had back home, with parties, concerts or plays, and social events with friends or the expat community.Since I came to Saudi Arabia as the wife of a Saudi citizen, my life resembles something between that of a local and that of an expat.I leave those cultural rules at the door when I come home, and live my private life just as I would back home.