When I first decided to come to Saudi to live, I was aware of certain hurdles facing the women here.
I knew about the rule that said only men can drive.
You can even live here for years and still not be aware of certain things that can affect your life until they actually happen.
But that’s about all I knew, and I thought that with a positive attitude and a reliable driver, those things wouldn’t affect my life. Nothing can really prepare you for life here, especially as a woman. You can speak to women who have moved here for different reasons.I leave those cultural rules at the door when I come home, and live my private life just as I would back home.I socialize like an expat with mostly expat friends who are also married to Saudis.As I sit here on this gorgeous day in February, the warm breeze blowing through my curtains, my marriage is over.I am not permitted to move back home with my daughter, not able to move on with my life, not able to work to support myself, my gender being the only thing that is limiting me.