There was once a woman named Petra...

from the Caribbean...

Don’t be like all the others, Darling
— Babbs
 
Petra from Petra: In The Middle East blog. This blog is the personal narrative told through anecdotes, photos and film of a young black Western woman, Petra, living in the Middle East. Authentic, vulnerable and honest, the blog aims to offer you an open look into how she and her closest are affected by Middle Eastern culture and life. 

Petra from Petra: In The Middle East blog. This blog is the personal narrative told through anecdotes, photos and film of a young black Western woman, Petra, living in the Middle East. Authentic, vulnerable and honest, the blog aims to offer you an open look into how she and her closest are affected by Middle Eastern culture and life. 

In 2014, I made a life changing decision to move from, Barbados in the Caribbean to the Middle East*. Of course, such a decision came with ample doubts and fears. 

What could I expect? 

Even though this part of the world had fascinated me for years, I had to admit that the incessant portrayal of the Middle East in Western media as an unstable conflict magnet, misogynistic breeding ground for Islamic terrorists,  had fueled some anxiety in me and my closest.

The Caribbean

The Caribbean

But yet, I knew that these representations were just that- representations of a biased media and not personal experiences, which are the best reflections of reality. Albeit my own.

With that said, for all of those who ponder the reality of life in the Middle East beyond the agenda of the Western media, I invite you to do so through the lens of my black, female, Western- but still from the 'developing' region of the Caribbean, self.

As a result, I am really inspired to share with you a personal, bare to the bone narrative that captures a meta narrative of life in this region as experienced and affected by me. 

Consistency is determined by the experiences that I define as profound. Therefore, I should warn you that my posts are not scheduled. This ensures that none of my personal narratives are forced or contrived. Rather, what you are guaranteed are honest and vulnerable posts each and every time when I do post. Thanks for reading! 

xoxo,

Petra.

*Middle East is traditionally defined as the region that includes these countries: Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.