I haven’t posted much in a while… mostly because my dear driver has been a sweetheart lately. Started answering “you’re welcome” when I say thank you, showing up on time, not running red lights or going over curbs… not trying to kill me. stuff like that.
But I came across some interesting info the other day… did you know that if, as a Saudi man, you apply for a visa for a driver, you have to prove that your wife either has children or a job in order to be eligible for a driver?? So if you’re a young bride whose husband travels a lot or has long hours at work, and you don’t have a job and haven’t started popping babies yet, then the official point of view is that you can bum around at home all day till your darling hubby comes back exhausted so you can bug him to take you out to get groceries or see your friends or go shopping or something. You don’t deserve a driver you aren’t productive in the community. You can try Taxis maybe. If your husband allows it. or a local/Illegal driver….. or continue using your family’s driver… that happens a lot. Or just get a job!
Anyhow, yeah, I see a recipe for disaster. I guess they’re trying to limit the number of drivers in the country. Dont really blame them, but I have a better idea: Let the women drive! Then you can severely limit the rules for getting a driver’s visa without making someone’s life more difficult in the process.
I mean really… lately all I feel is betrayed. Betrayed by my own country because any man from any other country has more rights than I do when it comes to freedom of transportation… and honestly, it hurts. Like it hurts to be betrayed by someone you love. Because in the end this IS home, and all bad stuff aside, I really do love it here.