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.
She uses blogging as an outlet for her emotions and experiences and offers an inside look at life in Saudi Arabia, as well as her personal life.
A woman cannot travel, attend university, work, or marry without her guardian’s permission.Restrictions on women In Saudi Arabia, women face several restrictions based entirely on gender.A woman, regardless of age or marital status is required to have a male guardian.Isn’t that the way all causes for change around the world work?They don’t matter as much when they’re not a threat to our way of life.Expat women, for the most part, enjoy a much more relaxed life than the average Saudi woman.If she is not married to a local, an expat woman is not bound by as many religious or social customs of the country, especially not while behind the walls of her compound.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.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.