Throw back to my first day in Saudi 💕
Today marks seven months of living in Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 🤩! Albeit nearly half of that time has been spent in lockdown 😂.
Seven months ago today I flew ✈️ to Saudi Arabia. My mum dropped me off at Heathrow airport, we hugged 🤗 goodby and I flew off into the unknown ✨. To a mysterious country I had never been to before and never in a million years thought I would be calling home.
This wasn’t the plan 😂... I had been certain for years that I was heading in one direction ➡️ but then, plot twist, Adam gets headhunted for this amazing job in Saudi and suddenly everything changes 🙃. It turns out, that place I thought I was going wasn’t where I was meant to be after all, at least for now.
I remember feeling so many emotions. I was apprehensive and nervous 😬, but mainly excited 😆 for change and an adventure. Never would I have guessed that I would grow to love Saudi as much as I do 💕.
This picture was taken on my first day here in Jeddah, at what is now one of my favourite cafes 😍. I was so happy to discover that the restaurants here serve green tea 🍵 and vegan food 🌱😂!
I remember it all feeling so strange and foreign at first. I felt kind of self conscious and unsure how to dress 👗 or behave. Modest clothing 🧕 was completely new to me and I didn’t even know if I was allowed to look people in the eye 👁😂 (someone told me you shouldn’t, you definitely can!). Luckily everyone was so welcoming 💜 and I made friends quickly, who taught me about the culture.
It’s strange looking back on my first day because this place feels so familiar now. I feel so very at ease here 🧘♀️. I love our little home, our local cafes 🍵, shops, streets and street cats 🐈, our neighbours, friends 👭 and our everyday routines. I love the sunshine ☀️, the beaches 🌴, swimming in the Red Sea 🌊🐠🐬 and the chaotic super fun adventures around Saudi with @qairawan.sa 🏜🐪⛰🏝.
I can’t wait to get back to it all ☺️✨.
So here is to plot twists 🙌. Say yes to opportunities, be brave, take risks, because life and growth begins at the end of your comfort zone 💫. - 2 minutes ago