My 1st Year Living in Saudi Arabia

December 28th was my 1 year anniversary for living in Saudi Arabia.   During that time, I received a lot of questions about living here.  I answer some of those questions in this video.  The 1st year was dedicated really to my just adjusting to the environment, and just surviving.  There was a lot happening in that year that I was adjusting to in regards to “life transitions”.  My son was on his own, I quit my job, became a housewife, and moved to a country in which I’m not really considered a person…I’m my husband’s dependent.  All of these seemed to drain me at times as I tried to redefine who I was, and what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.  It’s amazing how when you have time on your hand…and you’re away from the “daily grind” of what was once your life.  The 2nd year I think will probably be more about finding myself again.

This video is shot in my living room, in Saudi Arabia.


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About Terri Lundberg

Terri Lundberg is an American expat currently residing with her husband in Saudi Arabia, but she calls Seattle and San Diego home. She’s a travel writer, an avid photographer and is a resource and cross cultural trainer to expats relocating to Saudi Arabia. She's been to 100 destinations, 30 countries, and counting.


  1. Hi! I heard about your other blog from a friend and just tried to access it and I guess I need permission to do so. I fully understand that. I’m an expat from Texas, but grew up in Saudi (Aramco as well – DH compound) and when I got married my husband and I moved back to Saudi. (He also grew up in Aramco) and I would love to read more about your experiences here. We’re in Bahrain now and I’m so grateful b/c when we moved back we were in a place which couldn’t even compare to Aramco – I missed that. Anyway, please feel free to contact me by email or check out my blog as well mentioned above – Glad to hear you survived your first year here! We must have moved at around the same time 🙂

    • Hello BrownEyed,

      Thanks for stopping by. My blog is offline for the next few weeks. Please keep checking back.

      Have a Great Day!!
      BCOT aka BCIS.

  2. Hi, BCOT. I was so happy to stumble upon your blog this evening. You see, I am a Black American female from Atlanta, and I am actually in the process of taking a job in Saudi Arabia as a teacher. I have lived in other Muslim countries over the past few years, but I’m sure that living in KSA would be a totally different experience to what I’m used to. Furthermore, in my travels, I have only encountered ONE other Black American female living abroad, so it was exciting for me to see your blog about your experiences. If possible, could I pick your brain a little about KSA and your experiences, from the perspective of a Black woman? If so, feel free to email me. BTW, I hope wherever you are now, you are still living well and learning a lot! Take care.

    • Hello Nikki,

      Thanks for stopping/stumblng 🙂 by.

      If you come to Saudi Arabia, it will be a different experience than that in other Muslim countries. For one, women can’t drive and outside of shopping, eating, and going to friends houses, there isn’t much (I wanted to type anything) to do. There experience you have here will depend on where you’ll be residing at while in the Kingdom. Do you know which city you’ll be living in?