Never did I think that I would ever have the chance to visit such an exotic location as Saudi Arabia. Even though my family and I lived in America they decided that as a family we should discover the religious side of the country and acquaint ourselves with the values and traditions. It is the most unpredictable place I have ever been. This one journey changed my way of viewing American society. Stepping out of my comfort zone and entering a foreign place was difficult. That changed as time went and I learned to adjust myself. The climate was extremely hot compared to the climate to which I ’am accustomed. The most outrageous thing I saw were clothes women wore, a society where they were to conform to their husbands and men in society. There are many prohibitions against women. They weren’t allowed to reveal any part of their bodies. This made me reflect about back in the days when woman were expected not to take any part in society or political events, and were nit allowed to vote.
I lost myself when I went to Saudi Arabia, seeing that a country can be so strict especially towards the woman. Up until now I had heard about it only in school, reading textbooks and so the fact that it actually exists came as a shock to me. The reality was so overpowering. The city I was in Jeddah and stayed in the hotel Al Bahaman located right across the main street where Mecca the holy house of God was viewed. I told myself to take the opportunity of coming to a diverse place and make the best out of it. At first I was very annoyed with my parents because I was being forced to wear “bhorka” for the religious service but it turned out to be a very educational experience for me. I learned from this trip the importance of how I present myself in society, I realize that I’m fortunate to have the freedom and the luxury to wear whatever I desire in America. I also arrived at the conclusion that I control people’ s perception of me by how I adorn myself.
Throughout my life I grew up seeing people wearing revealing outfits and I never comprehended the value of what it means to have your body appropriately presented. I have never seen people give so much importance to their bodies. I felt proud of myself knowing that I can adjust and make myself comfortable in a world totally different from me. The journey has taught me so much and changed me completely. Learning life time experiences was the most accommodating thing I have experienced. It taught me that now I know that I’m capable of going out their and exploring the world knowing that I can adjust to it and learn many things. I have proved to myself that I have great confidence and that I’ am competent for anything. I’m very thankful and I feel very blessed to have myself visiting this place because not only have I learned the culture but also I have learned the most honorable thing which is my honor and dignity and this journey has made me realize what I need to maintain.
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