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Worldschool Tales Interview

Starry-Eyed Pragmatist Worldschool Tales interview on Haphazardly Homegrown

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In the spring of 2018, I was interviewed by Angie Morgan for her Worldschool Tales series on Haphazardly Homegrown.

It was a pleasure to be featured among so many other adventurous families. I talk a lot about our experience living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the interview.

Here’s a bit of what I shared with Angie:

Any funny, interesting or daunting experiences along the way?

We were on this long roadtrip in Saudi Arabia. My husband was driving us from the Farasan Islands in southern Saudi Arabia back to Riyadh, which is in central Saudi Arabia. It was very late at night and we decided to take a newer road that had recently been built and was showing up on one of our GPS maps, but not the other. My husband is very diligent about getting gas at almost every opportunity on these long roadtrips, because oftentimes it’s a situation where you don’t know when the next time you will be able to get gas. Well, despite our best efforts we still found ourselves very low on gas in the middle of nowhere Saudi Arabia. We tried to find a number of different gas stations on the various GPS devices we were using, but we kept finding places that were either out of business, closed, or we weren’t sure which of the two it was. Finally, we decided to just find a place to park the car and wait until morning to figure things out. So, we decided to park the car at a gas station that was on this dirt lot that we thought might just be closed and not out of business, but honestly it was really hard to tell. There was a mosque nearby with a light. So, we thought maybe we’ll catch some people going to prayer in the morning. I remember the gas station also had an ice machine that was plugged in and humming along. So, we thought that was a good sign that the gas station is not out of business. Well, we had been parked there for maybe 20 minutes when this Arab guy in traditional Saudi dress drives by us in his pickup truck off into the desert on some desert road. Then we see his truck lights off in the distance turn around and head back towards us. And we’re like “Is this a good thing? I don’t know!” All sorts of awful, stereotypes were running through my head in that moment. The guy parks near us and my husband gets out of our car to meet him….

Read the rest of my story over at Haphazardly Homegrown on the Starry-Eyed Pragmatist Worldschool Tales interview. Enjoy!