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Camel souk, coffee and outside market

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uniforms for maids and dresses at outside market

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My son on a vacation from University, buying mom coffee

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camel souk

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Parking lot of boys school.

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  1. omtatjuan3 #

    Maid and Servant uniforms, how 19th century… Wow…

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    October 21, 2015
    • yes Juan, fun huh??? maids are every where and were my friends as were drivers! a sad situation very sad!!!

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      October 21, 2015
      • omtatjuan3 #

        I hear they can beat their misbehaving workers…

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        October 21, 2015
        • well i don’t know but what I do know for sure is they are under paid, do everything in the household and are invisible. Some of them came to me and asked me to buy them a phone card as they were wanting to escape and go home! I was instructed that they didn’t like nice food only bread, as I served one maid-lady a beautiful meal, tea and dessert! I was scolded. I was an american woman, but locked away not allowed to go out, check my own baby out of the hospital and I lived in fear so I cant imagine a maid with no power!!! I am sure there are lovely nice people who treat their help kindly as well. but the fact is they have no rights! I had no rights!

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          October 21, 2015
          • omtatjuan3 #

            Wow… You could write a book… Thank goodness you made it out of there… No one here can imagine how women are treated there…

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            October 21, 2015
          • I just got out and with my kids! many friends did not! I was told not to every think of taking my kids any where!

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            October 21, 2015
          • omtatjuan3 #

            Wow… That’s a story in itself I’m sure…

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            October 21, 2015
          • ha ha yes I guess it is. Just blessed to have my kids. And your pictures of your grandson lucky you!! Gorgeous!

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            October 21, 2015
          • omtatjuan3 #

            I really am blessed… How did you get 9 passports… That would be tough alone

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            October 21, 2015
          • well he is american not saudi so they automatically got their US passports at birth you go to embassy right after, he couldn’t legally keep any of us there, but years of fear, no money to leave and well FEAR! after I left he threatened to hmm kill me so I knew why i never left!! still feel scared and hard to sleep at times.

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            October 21, 2015
          • omtatjuan3 #

            There’s a episode of American Dad, the cartoon that in their own way talk about that part of the world and I’m not making light of it but that would be the last place I’d be if I was a woman… Now is what matters… Peace

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            October 21, 2015
          • yes!!! for sure thanks Juan

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            October 21, 2015
      • Maid and Servants uniforms still thrive in US.

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        October 21, 2015
  2. Thank you for sharing. I appreciate your photos..

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    October 21, 2015
  3. As I had mentioned a friend of our (American) worked in Saudi and when he came home and told us the goings-on there I was in shock…I never disbelieved him but you only tipped the iceberg to what I know you went through my friend!!!

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    October 21, 2015
  4. I thought taking pictures are forbidden in Saudi

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    October 21, 2015
    • yes!

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      October 21, 2015
    • I don’t know but of course now with cell phones, cameras and social media it is common

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      October 21, 2015
      • I see my friend in Riyadh when to a park and the camera have been confiscated but they got it before they go home

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        October 21, 2015
        • yeah but people all have phones and now take pictures all over the internet. if you go out and take pictures with a camera yes! you cannot do that. my friend had the same thing happen as she took pictures of her kids at a park. or if you take pictures of any people that is a big no no. or around ladies. does your friend like it there?

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          October 21, 2015
          • Are you asking if she like the place? She’s a contractual nurse there and she have no choice. She’s missing everything because there’s no freedom in her place and she need to be careful every time she go out. But she is happy because there are lots of Filipino around her

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            October 21, 2015
          • yes!! I had so many friends who were Filipino! Let me tell you the nurses were lovely and helped me. If you read my story about delivery I explain how they were always there for me!!! I absolutely loved them!!!! I had horrible deliveries and my first doctor was very mean to me but my nurse who was Filipino she was amazing!!!!!

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            October 21, 2015
          • Nice to know that you have good experienced with the Filipinos. Yes I am proud to say that Filipinos are great in taking care of patients. Thanks for your great and wonderful words. Simple as that you made them happy despite of the loneliness from home and friends…

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            October 21, 2015
          • I was very lonely and they were just beautiful, each time helping me! I have very fond memories! ๐Ÿ™‚

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            October 21, 2015
          • Even I am not the one who helped you knowing that they are Filipinos an you like them Iam so happy about it.. Nice you should visit the Philippines too

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            October 21, 2015
          • That would be lovely some day!!:) big hugs!

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            October 21, 2015
          • Big hugs too ๐Ÿ™‚

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            October 21, 2015
          • ๐Ÿ™‚

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            October 21, 2015
  5. I like the Starbucks pic too. Was just reading your comments, sorry you have to live in so much fear.

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    October 21, 2015
  6. Starbucks!

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    October 21, 2015
  7. When were these photo’s taken Lynz?

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    October 21, 2015
  8. Lynn, did you ever struggle with envy? Looking at all the pretty things you weren’t allowed to buy?
    I think Starbucks has a plan for world domination. They’re very close to success!
    Melinda

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    October 21, 2015
  9. Good photos Lynz ๐Ÿ™‚
    I feel sorry for you that you needed to live in such a fear.

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    October 21, 2015
  10. So interesting to see how Starbucks looks set in a different culture.

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    October 21, 2015
  11. Again I don’t expect to see Starbucks there , hehe ๐Ÿ˜€

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    October 21, 2015
  12. Like everyone else, i was surprised to see the very ‘western’ Starbucks over ther. It does look out of place, and so different to camel souks and such like. I know that many countries in the world still use maids and servants of all kinds, including various establishments and wealthy families in both the UK and US. Perhaps the main difference is in their conditions of service and their rights as people. Hopefully, ‘hired helpers’ aren’t treated that badly over here and wages are the same as those of similar workers. (I say ‘hopefully, because I don’t know if that’s true – hust hope it is!) Thought provoking pictures. Lynn.

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    October 21, 2015
  13. Starbucks are everywhere! Would you have been able to go in to purchase your own coffee?

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    October 21, 2015
    • there is a ladies section or family section and then a single section for men. So yes I could but if there was not a family section then no. My mom went to a western donut place and sat down and they said oh sorry mam you must leave. The workers are not saudi so they are only doing as told and will get in trouble.

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      October 21, 2015
  14. I just read the comments and I am glad that you are in U.S ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    October 21, 2015
  15. Starbucks? Wow! They’re everywhere.

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    October 21, 2015
  16. I know many people look down on Starbucks being every where. But I love it!

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    October 22, 2015

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