The Saudi Son-In-Laws Guide To Surviving The Sauna Test

Sauna..for most people the sauna might sound like a luxury, a special treat or something very exotic. For us Finns the sauna is a part of normal everyday life. Finns have a saying, Sauna is the cure for all illnesses”. It’s a necessity, not a luxury. For the five million inhabitants ofRead more

Blogging Saudi Wives

Many of the blogs on Saudi you will find authored by western wives of Saudi men. I guess we have a lot to share about multicultural marriages and raising kids in a foreign country so different from our own. Keeping a blog can also be sort of outlet to rant out negative feelings. Sharing onesRead more

KSA’s Runaway Employees

You’ve probably heard about the runaway employees in Saudi-Arabia. Most of these workers are Asian so called “cheap labor” that work as maids or drivers. They run away for various reasons but one of the biggest temptations for them is to work as “freelancer” ie,Read more

Ten Amazing Places to Visit in Saudi-Arabia

Blue Abaya’s Top Ten Amazing places to visit in Saudi-Arabia: 1. Madain Saleh If you visit only one place in Saudi-Arabia, let it be Madain Saleh. The other-worldly scenery, breath taking nature, and rich history make it a destination worth exploring for many days. Madain Saleh is notRead more

White Lies, Black Lies and Big Fat Liars

One thing I will never understand about Arab/Saudi culture is how habitual and accepted lying seems to be. It’s just so common in the Arab world for men to lie to their womenfolk. Men lie to their wives, to their mothers, sisters, and kids. Women are almost always the targets of these lies.Read more

Good Sides to Life in Saudi-Arabia

In Finland where I’m currently writing from, this time of year (and for a very long time) it gets really dark, murky and gloomy. I haven’t even seen the sun for a few days and I’m already feeling depressed and out of energy. Everything is so expensive and has a tax on it! JustRead more

Lessons Learned on the Saudi Roads

Let me share a story and a valuable learning experience from our Saudi Road trip. So we were cruising on the highway in the rented SUV somewhere between Kharj and Wadi Al-Dawasir surrounded by literally NOTHING else than rocks. The scenery out there is just flat. Not even the random camels youRead more

Ten Amazing Things from Finland

Here are 10 amazing innovations, inventions and inspiration that you may not know come from Finland, Europe’s 6th largest country with a population of just 5.4 million. For more awesome facts about Finland, check out this post! 1. Sauna All Finns love sauna! We have over 2 million saunasRead more

Saudi-Arabia and Human Rights Violations

Today is the birthday of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights! The President of the Human Rights Commission of Saudi-Arabia, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban said in a statement today: “On the occasion of the World’s Human Rights Day, the Kingdom continues to promote and protectRead more

Mom’s Adventures in the Magic Kingdom

My mother has visited us a total of seven times in Saudi-Arabia. We’ve visited many mostly unknown beautiful places in Saudi Arabia together and met many amazing people. During her visits in KSA, we’ve done the following to desert trips: Raghbah tower, Edge of the World, Maraat,Read more

The Famous Saudi Hospitality

I experienced hands on the generous side of the Saudi people by having the chance to interact with many families through my work. At the hospital a patient would have their own private rooms and the average length of stay would be 8 days. A nurse typically works around 12 hours a day, on averageRead more

Missing Mom and Motivation

We took mom to the airport today and the house has been feeling really empty. We all miss her already! Two months flew by so quick..I find myself feeling blue and finding it hard to keep up the blogging because it really is hard work. We kept ourselves busy and met many of my friends here inRead more