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 knew I’d need to have my husband’s permission to travel outside of the country.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.Even when my tall, dark, and handsome Saudi walked into the bar where we met, even when this friend of a friend became my lover, then my husband, and the father of my child, I never imagined that his , just outside my heavily curtained window.
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Her guardian may be her father, her husband, her uncle, her brother, or even her own son.
A woman cannot travel, attend university, work, or marry without her guardian’s permission.
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.