As someone who has spent a decent amount of time in Saudi Arabia and has met many people that this would affect, I’m totally behind it. That being said, I’m not sure we will see anything like this happen within the next decade.
The argument for women not having the right to drive stem from theories like:
If they start driving, they’ll start cheating on their husbands
After they cheat on their husbands, they will get divorces
Driving is too hard for women’s mental capacities to handle
Women don’t need to drive
Saudi Arabia is a beautiful, mostly really friendly and misunderstood country. But as with most countries, minority rights always seem to fall to the back burner.
I’m back in America. Had an awesome time in Saudi Arabia and despite all the turmoil that is going on in the region right now, I felt safe the entire time and can’t wait to go back.
I went to Saudi Arabia to celebrate my dad’s 50th birthday which was the same day as the Bahraini revolution. As a gift to my parents I did not join my friend James in his trip over the causeway to Bahrain for the “Day of Wrath” “Day of Rage” “Revolution” etc etc. Part of me was devastated that I was passing up such an incredible opportunity but the other part of me wanted to do the right and safe thing. In the end I’m still not sure whether or not I made the right decision but I have a feeling I did…
If you have ever been to Bahrain, you know it’s this really fun, friendly country. Amazing shopping, fabulous restaurants, they serve alcohol, are BIG into family stuff with water parks and all that jazz. As a person of comparative privilege (which is probably everyone reading this), you probably would have no idea there was an issue there.
One of my last photos from Bahrain was from the upscale Monsoon restaurant. This is the Bahrain I know.
Something like half of the people living in Bahrain are ex-Pats. The disparity between classes is so extreme that you almost don’t even see it. It’s like at night time, you don’t notice the black of the sky but instead the white of the moon and stars. Continue reading →
I didn’t name him. Ryan did. But I like it. Frank, the camel from outside Hofuf. Had a great time today playing with the camels and exploring a Saudi Arabian oasis. He was one of the hundreds of camels taken care of by Sudanese nomads who bring them here for market where they will be sold. Some for dairy, some for racing, some for show, some for transportation and some for… well let’s not think about that.
This photo comes from our trip to Udhailiyah where we, successfully, hunted for prehistoric shark teeth. Yes, we went searching for shark teeth in the Saudi Arabian desert because… where else would you search for such things?
Having a blast in Saudi Arabia, many many MANY more photos to post and stories to tell. Plus, I gotta get photos of my shark teeth! Nothing like digging in the middle of the desert to find shark teeth!