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- It's International waffle day! 9 months ago People of the Planet Earth will unite today on International Waffle Day! Who doesn’t like a waffle? Americans and Saudis both indulge in this divine food. You can eat waffles flat, with cream and jam, or rolled up filled with clotted cream, or rolled in a cone filled with ice cream. Waffles...
- What's in a beard? 10 months ago Beardy tweets have sparked controversy in Saudi Arabia A Saudi activist said that she would sue a religious scholar after he called for putting her on trial over a tweet in which he claimed she had insulted Prophet Mohammad . Suad Al Shimmari said that Shaikh Adel Al Kalbani wronged her by...
- The romance of Valentine in Saudi Arabia 10 months ago Valentines day, the day dedicated to the celebration of love, is forbidden in Saudi Arabia, even for married couples. In Saudi Arabia any kind of interaction between people of opposite sex are forbidden, even just talking. Any public display of affection is taboo. Religious police ”Anti...
- To veil or to die, that's the question 11 months ago Yesterday a student at the women only campus of a Riyad university collapsed and died of a heart attack. Allegedly the male paramedics had to wait for an hour before they were admitted due to ”modesty concerns” The student, now identified as Amna Bawazir was known to suffer from heart problems....
- No Woman No Drive 11 months ago Bad luck for three women who have won the weekly raffle draw of two luxury cars, the prime attraction at the popular “Hayya Jeddah Shopping Festival.” They may have won the cars, but being women they are not allowed to drive them! There are six more cars to be won, now if they would only...
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20:41 PM November 21, 2012
I recently moved to Saudi Arabia and have been reading American Bedu Blog for about a year (in preparation for my move to KSA). I absolutely love the insight and the information contained in the blog. This blog has helped demystify alot of myths about life in Saudi Arabia and has enabled me to feel more comfortable in my new home.
21:28 PM November 21, 2012
I have been dating a Saudi for the past 3 years. As most women with Saudis know they don't go into detail about much. Bedu has given me a great insight into what life is like way over there inshallah I will go! Best wishes for Bedu and may God help heal her xo
21:35 PM November 21, 2012
I moved to Riyadh 2+years ago. I have read American Bedu as unbiased reference material prior to moving here, and as a point of information from the 'west' during my time in this media restricted environment. Also as a learning tool whilst trying to live in this diverse city, she gives an insight into the world beyond the veil. American Bedu's blog has become one of my most forwarded emails. Long may it continue x
22:47 PM November 21, 2012
This blog is informative, well-written and covers a comprehensive range of topics related to Saudi Arabia and Muslims. Bravo Carol Fleming for a difficult job well done... and made to look easy!
01:43 AM November 22, 2012
Love American Bedu and Carol!
01:58 AM November 22, 2012
I moved to KSA over a year ago, I have relied on American Bedu's blog for valuable insight and information about the people and country I now live in. Through her blog, I am constantly reminded to focus on the people I meet and work with rather than the politics and pecking order that occurs here. Her goal is to be a conduit, a bridge between cultures, and in my opinion, she is exactly that. Kudos and my continued thanks to the American Bedu!
04:15 AM November 22, 2012
Wow! What a blog. This blog gets 5 stars for endless riveting storytelling. I really appreciate how seriously this blogger takes her mission. She keeps posts coming to her blog even during her cancer treatments. I think Carol does a gigantic service to humanity here creating a civil, shared space where issues about Saudi are debated. This blog is OUTSTANDING!
06:50 AM November 22, 2012
I am essentially a lifelong expat and exenome, having lived and worked more than half of my life in Saudi Arabia - 27th year here. Although I see myself as somebody who can appreciate, sympathise, empathise and share the word of all manner of elements of Saudi life and culture, I feel that NOBODY does this better than American Bedu. I travel around the country a great deal myself, for both business and pleasure, and although I have seen and experienced many wonderful (and sometimes sad) things in my time, I have never been able to relay them to other people in the same simple and honest way that AB always manages to do. I understand and appreciate everything that she has written in her blog, and know that she really "get's it", and passes along her thoughts and feelings in a rare way that always carries me along. Her attitude of putting other people first, especially women in this male-dominated society, is inspiring - even for a male. Long Live American Bedu, Queen of the Expat Blogs in my eye
08:45 AM November 22, 2012
Love reading your blog. Very informative. I appreciate also your courage and strong faith with God to be well and healthy. Miracle is real, God heals!
09:15 AM November 22, 2012
Thank you for all the hard work and effort you put in to making such an interesting and informative blog. I only arrived in Riyadh 5 days ago from Canada, but I have been reading American Bedu for over a year. Thanks to you I feel better prepared ang excited about my new life in Saudi Arabia.
09:58 AM November 22, 2012
American Bedu blog is useful, informative, entertaining and personal. In a country where it is extremely difficult to get information, this blog is incredibly important to people who live in the country and to those outside of it. The author gives a unique perspective from someone who has travelled extensively and lived in a Saudi family. There is a large following of people who tune in every day to learn more about the kingdom and keep up with the Bedu. There are many excellent blogs from KSA, but this one is the best.
16:20 PM November 23, 2012
Love it. We will moving there soon. Wonderful insight into a culture so different from the west that you must be emotionally and mentally prepared before you arrive.
06:06 AM November 25, 2012
Thanks Carol for the blogs ....American Bedu has become my daily routine news / reading update . I really enjoyed reading it and also have gained lots of latest information in KSA .As a foreigner working in KSA , this blogs really truthly has helped me become more informative and knows what are the things that I am not aware of . Thanks agin . God bless . Wishing you speedy recovery and be strong American Bedu! We need you and we proud of you ! Keep it up !
09:42 AM November 26, 2012
American Bedu should be recognized for her immeasurable contribution and dedication to blogging about life in Saudi Arabia. She rocks!
12:28 PM November 26, 2012
The best expat blog in Saudi-Arabia! The queen of expat blogs :)
17:14 PM December 03, 2012
An Absolute Must Read for anyone considering moving to Saudi Arabia, or already living there who hasn't stumbled across American Bedu yet. Carol's writing is informative, entertaining, and heart-wrenching; she has a way of adding humour and compassion to cross-cultural situations that often turn frustration into laughter; learning experiences you can't resist sharing with family and friends at home, because no one says it better!
04:27 AM December 04, 2012
Carol has a mission to inform the world about modern culture, history and lifestyle in KSA. She believes passionately in a country that is trying to re-invent itself but is stumbling at times: but aren't we all?
04:35 AM December 04, 2012
American Bedu has been a lifesaver literally because I had information on what to expect when coming to live within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As I was coming directly from the United States and also living all over the world as well in some of the Other Middle East countries, there is nothing to compare to the Kingdom. Just the insights, tips, and what to do , where to visit and where to find needed items that can only be found in certain shops. A true life saver. If it werent for her tips I would be on some type of medication for nerves , stress and solitary confinement which Saudi Arabia can be, unless you do have the little tips and group get together's. Thank you...my sanity thanks you. Beth Wookil
05:53 AM December 04, 2012
Brilliant blog! Informative for not only those of us expats in Saudi Arabia, but also for people interested in a culture most will never have the opportunity to experience. Carol Fleming has created a phenomenon.
09:16 AM December 04, 2012
Superb blog. Love it!
11:10 AM December 04, 2012
You are doing a great job, wishes you good health and peace of mind.
11:24 AM December 04, 2012
Informative, balanced, entertaining - a fascinating look into Saudi culture!
12:02 PM December 04, 2012
I find it most interesting.
14:42 PM December 04, 2012
excellent information about KSA for those of us who find that a most unusual country.
15:38 PM December 04, 2012
very informative, published on a regular base
12:58 PM December 05, 2012
I love this!!! I love learning about different cultures in an attemt to understand the world today. American Bedu helps show the plight of Saudi women and encourages us to work to help them come into the 21st century.
20:22 PM September 23, 2013
This is owsem hearing opinions about experience in saudi..i just moved 2mnths back to saudi started my new job and i like it so far
14:50 PM April 10, 2014
The blog is an invaluable information resource for anybody living in / moving to Saudi Arabia. The author highlights nearly all aspects of the life here on a current basis. Interestingly, she has diversified a lot, I mean, a lot. Kudos to her for her effort and patience.