Thursday, March 04, 2010

When I have time I will be writing a post about my experiences and perspectives as an Arab ex-patriate living in the West. There are many things which we culturally adapt to and notice about living in these lands that range from the comical to the outlandish to the absolutely horrifying. Perhaps my post, which I'm considering putting in Arabic as well, would help Arabs about to travel here or thinking of settling here, so they can be better prepared and perhaps ease the culture shock. More about this in my next post.

5 comments:

hamdanism said...

I'll be waiting that, specially a lot of us (ambitious young Arab guys) entertain the idea of running away of all the frustrations we face here in the middle east. But the amount of negative feedbacks we get from those who settled in the west is terrifying.

melicieuse said...

there is no running away from the frustration, you just jump in a different kind of frustration.

Maysaloon said...

Yes agreed, the grass is not always greener, or perhaps not what we are expecting it to be.

hamdanism said...

That's exactly what everybody say...

Dino$ said...

you know we talk about how the west portray a wrong picture about the middle east and we dont realize that even us in the arab world have been misinformed or maybe brought up in a way with certain thoughts regarding the west that are not exactly correct.

its my first time here in the states and i thought as soon as i would come in people would curse at me because i wear hijab. i always had the impression that the west would be more "OPEN". believe it or not there is not much of a difference from DUBAI. The openness is all around the world. And we focus on the negative things and think we are better. We only take the bad things from the ajaneb. There is a lot we can learn from them. i was about to post abt my experience here as well :)