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The modern life

My niece took these photos last summer when she visited Riyadh. Things have changed so much since we arrived there in 1993. Over the 16 years that we lived there it turned into a modern city offering designer shops, cuisine from various European countries and yet women still faced the same dilemmas and obstacles and that remained unchanged. 

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  1. It looks so modern! With a new Prince in charge movie cinemas are back, and women can drive I heard so progress is being made. Let’s hope it continues!


    April 24, 2018
  2. Gorgeous buildings! Good morning Lynn! xoxoxo

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    April 24, 2018
  3. Slowly changing but it will take a very long time!

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    April 24, 2018
  4. Sadly I believe, really believe it is all surface change and there is a long way, yet to go. 💜💜💜

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    April 24, 2018
  5. Maybe conditions for women will change too, Lynn.

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    April 24, 2018
  6. If only the conditions for women could be as beautiful as the buildings. My youngest is friends with a girl from Saudi Arabia and our hearts just ache for her, she wants out of there so badly! She is 18.

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    April 24, 2018
  7. Every time we go back to California, the city seems to be growing without us, there is always 2 or 3 places that have changed or new buildings gone up. And were only gone for 9 months or so at a time. Bob Dylan sung it best, The times they are a Changin’, have a great week

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    April 24, 2018
  8. It is so interesting that parts of the culture can be so modern and parts so archaic. I can’t help thinking that countries who oppress half of their citizens are also oppressing themselves.

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    April 24, 2018
  9. Gosh, it looks very glamorous. I hope the new Prince really makes some change.

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    April 24, 2018
  10. A reminder that oft timed things change from the outside in.

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    April 24, 2018
  11. Hi Lyn, I lived in Jeddah for 12 months in the 80’s. I never travelled to Riyadh though. It was a strange place to be, I remember mostly the noise of the traffic horns and anything goes on the road, until there is a problem, then everyone goes to jail! Carrying identity at all times, and not being able to travel in a vehicle driven by anyone other than my husband. I remember being stopped by a soldier (who looked all of 12 years) whilst leaving a doctors surgery. His rifle aimed squarely at my husband. Not a pleasant experience overall. And I never wanted to go back.

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    April 24, 2018
  12. I can’t imagine. Interesting how ‘beauty’ is often the real beast.

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    April 25, 2018
  13. Hopefully, things will change for women too. Sending hugs.

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    April 25, 2018
  14. All rather obscene, really

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    April 25, 2018
  15. Marvellous architecture.

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    April 25, 2018
  16. Simply stunning architecture!❤️

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    April 26, 2018
  17. As women do everywhere, still. Change is much slower for human relationships than buildings! (K)

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    April 26, 2018

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