Copycat Blogger Exposed

Many of us bloggers put a lot of time and dedication into our blogs. I would go so far as to say we sometimes pour our hearts out online. I sometimes work on a particular post for many days, if not weeks at a time. I do research, I re-write stuff, check for spelling mistakes, I edit and uploadRead more

Memories Of Summer- 50 Images From Finland

My beautiful home country Finland. I often dream of those cool and breezy summer evenings in Finland. Sitting on the porch listening to seagulls and watching the water and skies turn pink, I am in no hurry to go anywhere. The air is fresh and there is no breeze, the sea is calm. I will go for aRead more

Guide To The Edge Of The World in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Your Ultimate Guide to visiting the Edge of the World outside Riyadh! Find out all you need to know about the amazing Edge of the World on your own with the help of this guide. Best times to visit, how to get there, opening times, where to hike, safety tips, driving directions and GPS co-ordinatesRead more

Finnish Cinnamon Rolls Korvapuustit

Many people have been asking me for the recipe of “pulla” or the delicious Finnish cinnamon rolls I’ve mentioned a few times on the blog.  The word pulla basically refers to any kind of sweet pastry made from this particular dough which makes the most moist and delicious cinnamonRead more

Lower Your Gaze-Goggles

Finally the day is upon us when Saudi men no longer have to worry about remembering to lower their gazes. The ultra-orthodox Jewish organization ‘Committee for Purity in the Camp’ have gone and invented what the Saudi Committee of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice should haveRead more

Ramadan, Junk Food and Fungus Burgers

Ramadan is supposed to be the month of not only fasting but remembering those less fortunate who are not able to eat or drink clean water daily. A time for striving to be a better Muslim and person, acting modest in every way (including eating). This should definitely not be the month to indulge inRead more

Saudi Dude’s Guide To Finnish Coffee Drinking Ceremony

So you’re a lucky Saudi dude and you find yourself visiting Finland for the first time. You think Finland is full of polar bears, Angry Birds and drunks. That is only partly true. There’s also lots of reindeer. A Finnish family has invited you to their house for some coffee and you getRead more

Saudi Salary Racism- What is the Color of Your Passport?

You might have heard how employees in Saudi Arabian workplaces get different pay for the exact same job. Westerners might earn ten times more than their just as qualified Asian colleagues for the same amount of work. How does this effect the working environment, with such huge differences in wagesRead more

Blue Abaya Interviewed- What is Life in Saudi Arabia Really Like?

I did some interviews for a couple of magazines which focus on what life in Saudi Arabia is like from my personal point of view, as a Finnish expatriate nurse. I think these interviews will be beneficial in answering questions of readers who are new to Saudi Arabia and/or new to Blue Abaya blog.Read more

The Royal Morgue

People often ask me what it’s like to work with members of the Saudi royal family,  they want to know what the Princes and Princesses are really like. In short, they’re just like any other person when it comes to being a patient, but with some financial and social benefits of course. IRead more

15 Things to Do in Riyadh in the Summer

Many expats and locals find themselves “stuck” in Saudi for the summer with nothing to do, fearing death caused by boredom. Not everyone is lucky enough to escape the Saudi heat. With the schools now closed, children and youth get very bored! This causes frustration in parents, what toRead more

The Zoo of Horrors

Ever since I heard about a zoo called “Hadiqa Abu Jarrah” in Riyadh from a friend who told me how horrific the conditions of the animals kept there were, I’ve been wanting to go there to see for myself what the situation is. So when we finally got the chance to go, it becameRead more