I swear this is a true story. Even I find it hard to believe, considering how insane the situation really was , it’s hard to grasp. I thought this was a must share, because it is a lesson much learned. The safety of single females in the Kingdom is very questionable, the sought out independence accustomed to back home quickly dissolves while being here. Anyhow, this is how my what the he** moment came to be;
It all occurred within a few months of being here; it was also my first vacation break from work. I had decided to stay in the Kingdom and venture out to Jeddah for the first time. The break was lengthy around 21 days or so. I had booked a ticket via Saudi airlines and was due to fly out from Riyadh International Airport. There is no airport in my village, for considerable reason. This meant and means for any trips within/outside the Kingdom I would have to endure a 2hr drive to get there. Because departure date was one in the same for all the expats here we were able to arrange transportation to the airport together, however upon return we would all find our own ways home. So, I had a fantastic time in Jeddah (fell in love with the city) and was sad for it to come to an end. But even sadder was of what the end comprised of.
we are very delayed. Let me mention there are no streetlights, traffic jams, intersection, just straight freeway with nothing but sand dunes. He then says all he wants is someone to talk to; we could have lunch in the desert, blah blah blah. All I hear is MURDER MURDER MURDER! I am at this point on the phone again seconds from bawling in tears, when my friend says to control myself and give me a pep talk. I quote “put this bastard in his place and tell him you’re calling the cops”. Its now been 4 1/2 hrs. of driving in sand dunes.
So, I got a grip and said do just that.