This is what all the cool kids are doing, right?

Honestly, I’ve tried starting at least 4 blogs at this point.  I have a feeling this will be the one that sticks.

Two months ago I found myself living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  With an origination point of good ol’ North Carolina, USA, Saudi Arabia is quite the change.  Back in NC I had a photography business, incredible friends, a knack for thrifty shopping,all kinds of hobbies, and two kids to (over)fill my time.  Now, I still have the kids, and I still love everything else I mentioned above, but there is one huge difference here…I can’t drive.  Not in a “I should really get my KSA driver’s license so I can drive” way, but a “women are not legally allowed to drive in this country” way.  For the first time in years, I am stuck at home all day long.  No running out to the fabric store to grab a random pack of buttons, or running to Wal-Mart to pick up a bag of chips and mascara, or even running out to Target to buy “shampoo”.

This leaves me with all kinds of free time.  The kids and I spend up to two hours a day at the park, every day!  I find myself cooking and cleaning more than I have ever had a chance to do in my life.  After all that, I still have an hour plus everyday just watching the clock…enter this blog.

An American Kat in Jeddah is my way to keep my sanity.  A place to share recipes, artsy-craftsy projects, the awesomeness of my kids, and some of our Jeddah adventures.

Here’s to the future!


American Kat

About americankat

I am an American expat living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Most of my time is spent creating, trying to keep my two kids occupied, and trying to satiate my wanderlust. is where I (sporadically) share these adventures.
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2 Responses to This is what all the cool kids are doing, right?

  1. dearmarintan says:

    Hello, Kat 🙂

    Nice blog you get here, I wish you write more often, so I know what to expect once I arrive in Jeddah hehehe 🙂

    By the way, I am Intan from Jakarta, Indonesia. I will start my life in Jeddah in June and would like to know what I can do and where I can go except doing the stuffs at work. So when I googled “life in Jeddah”, I found your blog.. Very interesting! Thank you for writing 🙂

    • americankat says:

      Hi, Intan!

      I wish I wrote more, too, hahaha! I definitely plan on doing more writing, I just need to figure out how to get my ideas into words 🙂

      What kind of things do you like to do? With two kids everything I do is kid-friendly, but considering alcohol is illegal here, most activities ARE kid-friendly.

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