A few days ago, a post on another blog popped up on my Facebook newsfeed. Basically, it talked about 10 things the author learned by living in Saudi Arabia. This inspired me to reflect on my own life and experiences, which then further inspired me to write a little series called "What is it Really Like to Live in ______?" Which will discuss some unique experiences I've had only in those countries, and talk about what it was really like to live there.
I'll go in order of the countries I've lived in, with two exceptions: I'll be writing about the Aramco camps/compounds and also about Pakistan. If you have no idea what I mean by Aramco camps, don't fret it. In short, it's not a country, and therefore an exception. Pakistan is also an exception, because while it is my passport country (ie. the country I'm a citizen of), I've never properly "lived" there. When I say I've lived in ____, I mean I've spent a year of my life living there nonstop. I've probably spent enough time in Pakistan for it to pass a year, but never conservatively, and therefore this is an exception too. Both of these two things are a huge part of my life and my identity, so to exclude them would be unfair to myself. Furthermore, I'll be writing about those two before I write about the country I currently live in: the US. The reason behind this is I'd like to do all the countries of my past, and then do my present.
The order will be:
1. Saudi Arabia
7. The US
Next stop, Saudi Arabia! Masalama!