Pingis and I are waiting for our night flight home to Stockholm. We flew from Riyadh at 6pm local time and have had four hours at the airport in Dubai. Perfect for us to have time to catch up with a bit of work. The plane leaves at 2am (six hours in the air). Then we need to get into the office, but I will scoot past my house first to have a shower and freshen up. Pingis and I have well-matched when it comes to our same energy level, which is great. But I can be quite hard work to travel with us as we have a very fast pace, jam-packed schedule, and as much time as possible is spent awake and very few hours of sleep, but it works for us. We have the relationship where we can zoom in and out of our relationship. Sometimes we talk lots, then one of us can say “nope, now I need to have some time alone” and then we both take out a set of headphones or a book. Simple and straightforward.
Ready for this overnight flight in soft leisure wear from Ralph Lauren. I’ve read all your comments and of course Saudi isn’t the optimal country from a female perspective. It is not juste or fair at all, but I wanted to highlight that the society is changing. I noticed several different types of clashes, I went to the gym in the hotel early in the morning, but wasn’t allowed to exercise because I’m a woman. Then I asked if I could go for a jog outdoors in my abaya, but women are not allowed to run. I sat down at an outdoor cafe, while Pingis went inside to buy a coffee, but this cafe was apparently only for men, so I had to move. On the flight from Riyadh, I was walking around in my own little bubble, like I quite often do, and eventually a man taps me on the shoulder and says “Excuse me, you’re in the wrong queue. Sorry”. I was standing in the middle of a group of men in the male queue for the security check. The women had their own queue. Every time I have done something wrong, all the men have been embarrassed of having to point out to me that I’ve done something wrong. Everyone have been incredibly friendly, great and hospitable.
Instead of getting really mad, I’ve just accepted the situation. If I am to make a difference in this country, it is not the abaya I should make into an argument nor the fact that I had to swap queues. I want to make this joint venture happen with Glowork (helps women to get into employment) and vc-fund to help build and invest female entrepreneurship in Saudi. I want to establish LCC, hire women for a local office there. I want to build up the Economista concept there and educate women in personal finances & household economy and basic start-your-own-firm courses. The government are putting a lot of effort and money into getting Saudi women to work and run companies, which was very evident. I would love to be part of that journey.