Irina Bernebring Journiette

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Month: January, 2012


Kom nyss hem från middag i ambassadörsresidenset. Tyckte vinet smakade allt för gott och blev salongsberusad med ambassadören som bordsherre. Lyckades dock hålla minen och avhandlade ämne om allt från politisk och humanitär situation i Yemen, via kulturuttryck i betongdjungel till exempel på palindrom. Snubblar i säng och ser fram emot helg imorgon. Ma’salama för danskarna på onsdag och sedan party på franska ambassaden på torsdag.

120131– And the insanity in Riyadh life.

I knew this place was whack but I could never imagine how whack. My mind is going into overload. So much to do, so many places to see, so many people to meet!

Last Wednesday I went to masquerade, that proved to be a lot of fun. Even the whole process of getting dressed, then hiding your party-mode style under an Abaya and feeling like a criminal sneaking around the city not trying to catch the attention of anyone to go to a secret house behind massive walls, put on your Venetian-style green and gold mask, and sneak down into a decadent basement where there’s a full blown party.

The absurdity of life here is what’s the most intriguing. Sitting in a car outside a restaurant (in the back-seat of course), covered in this black mass, not allowed to enter the restaurant because of your sex, but instead waiting happily with the rest of the women lined up in cars outside.

Why do I always live in places that turns out to be like experiments in social anthropology?

120125 — Good morning Riyadh!

So. Today is the last day of my first week at work. (Since this is a non-Christian country, we don’t have the friday to sunday weekend but instead wednesday to friday.) Anyway, I left V., Friis and Malmö behind and vetured off in the search for new adventures. First stop was here–Riyadh. Actually The Swedish Embassy in Riyadh. Work entails being a trainee working with Human Rights and Politics here. As of now it’s still pretty awesome. I’ve been able to meet some very interesting people and I’m excited to see what this will bring.

120112 — Counting Down

My life is about to change. I’m moving yet again. I’m excited. I don’t know if I can tell you just yet though. I still haven’t booked a flight. Still waiting for my visa. Take off is scheduled in 6 days.

120104–Den kvinnliga journalisten 1902

1902 föreställde sig någon framtidens arbetande kvinnor. Journalisten romantiserades lite fint med käpp. Se resten av “Les Femmes de l’Avenir” här.