So. There are some things to not like about Saudi Arabia, but there's a lot I do like. I'm happy to be here even though the transition has been hard (and even that can largely be blamed on Trump).
I love being back in the Middle East. It's been such a long time since I've been here. And part of that is speaking Arabic again. It's so nice to go back to a language I can do something with. I love my Arabic class. I love having Arabic all around me. I love being in a Muslim country again.
I really like our neighborhood. Now, I'd rather live in a real neighborhood where I could walk to a couple of little grocery stores and stop at the bakery, but since that's not an option, I'm glad we live here in a diverse neighborhood where you don't have to wear an abaya but they're not banned either. The setting is lovely too and I count it as a real blessing that I can bike or walk for miles a day in an interesting place without an abaya or finding someone to give me a ride.
I love seeing and talking to people from all over Africa, Asia, and the Middle East every day. I love eating food from all over those places too. I love hearing so many languages when I walk down the street. I've learned so much already from so many different people.
And finally, there are interesting things to do here. I'm working on a list and I'm going to start posting about my plans and hopefully we'll be able to start chipping away at the list.