I am currently writing this on the plane from Doha, Qatar back to Dulles, VA. My 10-day trip has felt more like a month-long trip, leaving me exhausted and overwhelmed. I have grown incredibly attached to the people I met through this visit and it feels strange that they aren't accompanying me to Dubai. Although we did so much this trip, I have yet to even mention 75% of it on this blog, and there are still aspects of Saudi society I know I haven't seen. The visit lacked study of tribes, minorities, the poor, and the counter-cultures that are present in the KSA. For this reason, I'm considering using my 90-day visa to return to the Kingdom for some follow-up research. This is something I'll decide on later though because I might find that Dubai holds even more mysteries than Saudi Arabia.
|Our final meal in Saudi Arabia, served at Dr. Mody's house, traditional -style on the floor|
|Before leaving Dr. Mody's to pack and fly back home|
Of course, I also want to work with Americans, since it is not the fault of the Arab students that they are met with hate. This might include talks with church groups, joint events with my school's Saudi Student Association, and maybe even some beginner Arabic lessons I could start off.
I don't think that my enthusiasm for these projects will wain because it attacks a problem that I've been witnessing for years; it is also obviously significant to the NCUSAR and Saudi government, or they wouldn't have invested so much into our trip.
I have more to write about my experiences in Saudi Arabia, but I just wanted to give you an idea of the bigger picture of the visit as this fantastic trip concludes.