Pretty much what the blog title says. I’m a Saudi national, spending half my time between the UK and Saudi Arabia. Last year I decided to come study in Iran to see what it’s all about. The experience I’ve had so far has been priceless, and I’m hoping to share some of that with you (if I can keep up the formidable lifestyle of the blogger).



  1. Razan · August 7, 2015

    We need ur usier name in instagram or any social media


    • saramasry90 · August 7, 2015

      Hey Razan, you can find those at the bottom of this page under the photo gallery 🙂


      • :) · March 27, 2016

        wow ….


  2. Shadi · October 14, 2015

    Thanks for what you are doing here;

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Babak · October 14, 2015

    As an Iranian, I hope to see more peace in the world specially Meddle East, people like you play important roles to bridging between cultures, and I hope to see Iranian blogger to reflect positive comments about Arabic culture like you are blogging, go ahead, don’t stop and know people who are seeking peace support you

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Behnam Sayyedi · October 15, 2015

    You are a great lady with a great heart.

    Wish you the best.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. kevin · October 15, 2015

    Good Job 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Mahdi · October 15, 2015

    If you prefer to learn Farsi online, you can Skype with me or my wife once or twice a week. We left Iran for the US three years ago and we would love to help you with your Farsi by talking about different topics. Email me if you are interested 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Saad · February 4, 2016

      I’d love to take up on your offer. I would love to learn Farsi more than anything.
      I currently live in California, where I go to school to get my degree in Clinical Psychology. I want to go back home after I get my degree and be able to serve the Iranian community in Abu Dhabi, which is where I’m from. Thank you so much for offering. Let me know if the offer is still up.


      Liked by 1 person

  7. Klause Arad Belkart · October 17, 2015

    Beautiful and unbiased writing from an Arabic lady.Nicely done ! I admire your positive and open minded attitude.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. reza kia · October 17, 2015

    wish the best for you in iran
    we like you

    Liked by 1 person

  9. mohammad mehrafrooz · October 20, 2015

    again<hi my muslim sister…I hope that u are a nice living in Islamic republic iran…..because here is a islsm country….quran and mohammad rasullolah pbu country also proudly are my religion aand muslim sister……my province :guilan/gilo deylam in north of iri…..a nice city and beautiful….history my city belong to sasaniyan and ubserved tools and ancient tools in amlash city…plz trep in my city ……amlash and amlashians are wating to u plz…..فالله خیرحافظاًوهوارحم االراحمین…الی اللقاء اختی العزیزه المسلمه….اننامشتاقون لزیارتک وزیاره احباءک فی مدینتاالجمیله……my e mailt address:soatalhakim@yahoo.com

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  10. Tehrani/Riyadhi/Gharbi · October 31, 2015

    Loving your blog – I’m a journalist who has lived for four years in both Iran and Saudi Arabia and has found both countries far more diverse, friendly and welcoming of outsiders than their international reputations, their portrayal in mass media or their governments’ characterisations of each other would suggest. Really great to see a Saudi enjoying so many of the lovely things Iran has to offer. It would be nice to learn of a few Iranians enjoying Mada’in Saleh and the lovely mud houses of Najran one day too!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. kai · January 21, 2016

    sara, this is a test .


  12. Hodapoda · February 4, 2016

    This is beautiful! I’m sorry that you can’t go back to finish your studies, you are also a British national? Cause if you are then you can use your British passport to go to Iran.
    Politics is so brutal… as an Iranian who lives away from home, I am enjoying reading through your blog and pictures!

    The poet Sa’adi said:
    “Human beings are members of a whole, in creation of one essence and soul.

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  13. Bullfrog · February 5, 2016

    Wars have taken place for generations, and humanity does not learn. Today, there is a clash of civilisations, where most Islamic counties fail with democracy, fairness & respect for others. Terror within Islam is rife .. & may eventually destroy mankind.


  14. Mohammad Hadi · March 24, 2016

    Salaam, Sara!

    Just discovered your nice blog!
    And I’ve read a couple of posts, and I think that I need to mention my great admiration for your effort.
    Nice writing style: detailed, kind, and wise!

    What made you stop updating this blog??

    Liked by 1 person

    • saramasry90 · September 24, 2016

      Hi Mohammad, sorry for the late reply! I appreciate your kind comments. I stopped updating it because I left Iran – although I’m hoping to publish another piece soon 🙂


  15. Omid · March 26, 2016

    هلا ساره
    حياك الله في ايران
    بعض الناس حول العالم يعتقد ان ايران ليس دوله جيده
    ولكن بعض الاخر يعتقد ان ايران ترورست
    المشكله كبيره بين ايران و السعوديه و أنا اعتقد انها راح تنتهي على خير يارب
    أنا عندي أصدقاء واجد من السعوديه و كلهم طيبين القلوب
    جميع الناس في السعوديه كويسين
    و طيبين
    مع السلامة

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  16. Omid · March 26, 2016

    هلا ساره
    حياك الله في ايران
    بعض الناس حول العالم يعتقد ان ايران ليس دوله جيده
    ولكن بعض الاخر يعتقد ان ايران ترورست
    المشكله كبيره بين ايران و السعوديه و أنا اعتقد انها راح تنتهي على خير يارب
    أنا عندي أصدقاء واجد من السعوديه و كلهم طيبين القلوب
    جميع الناس في السعوديه كويسين و طيبين

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  17. John Flint · June 9, 2016

    Great to hear. Way to bring the peace to the region! A group of people started up a website (sfiran.com) to help with travel information and local advice. It would be great to have a Saudi perspective if you could share your stories of Iran with us.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Hamid · November 12, 2016

    Salam khoda hefzet kone khaharam,dorod bar to,agar dar iran moshkeli dashti man VA hamsaram dar khedmatet hastim address email to dashti bash,har Kari dashti man va hamsaram dar khedmatim


    • saramasry90 · January 26, 2017

      Kheyli kheyli mamnoonam az lutfeton l🙏🏽🙏🏽


  19. Haya · January 11, 2017

    Dear Sara
    I’m Saudi too and I started to have this strong passion about Iran , Persian language and Persian culture since 6 months now and I started private Persian language lessons too I’m amazed by it , it’s nothing like I imagined before
    The people are so generous and we have a lot in common
    Hopefully the political situation will end soon i can’t wait to visit Iran
    This is the first time I visite your blog and I feel you 🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️


    • saramasry90 · January 11, 2017

      Dear Haya,
      It’s so good to hear your words and to be connected. I’m very glad that you enjoyed the blog, and that you’re enjoying learning Farsi and about the Persian culture. I can sense a lot of similarities between us, I was also really enamoured with the culture, history and language which is what led me to go there. I truly hope things get better and that you can go soon, cultural relations should be totally distinct from politics. Hope to stay in touch 🙂 xx


  20. Maryam · January 26, 2017

    Hey Sara I just wanted to thank you for everything. You are the reason why there is still hope in tolerance, in acceptance, in humanity, in this world. Shukran, Kheily mamnoon!


    • saramasry90 · January 29, 2017

      Hi Maryam,
      I also want to thank you for your heartfelt comment. You give me too much credit, but I really appreciate your words.. I feel like there’s much more tolerance and acceptance in this world than it seems, but it’s just about finding a space for it and connecting likeminded people. Thank you again 🙏🏽 And afwan, kari nakardam!


  21. Emad · September 17, 2017

    Hey Sara,

    I think you had a first hand experience in IRAN. I guess Iranians and Arabs can get along if they push hard to forget the bitter past exactly the same way Europeans did. I always had this dream someday we can open the borders or at least launch exchange programs something like Erasmus Mundus in middle eastern universities and encourage students from different cultures to travel around and get to know each other, Persians, Arabs, Turks. I guess this is the best way to overcome prejudice and lack of trust between nations in ME, we have to make it happen. If we do this, we will be able to make a new middle east in one or two generations, totally integrated, peaceful and tolerant. I’m hoping someday you will be the Saudi Arabia ambassador in IRAN. Keep us posted with your new adventures about IRAN.

    Looking forward to hear about new chapters 🙂
    Best of luck for you


    • saramasry90 · September 20, 2017


      Thank you so much for your words. I very much agree that we can get along and it’s up to us to try to bring that about and make the change. It’s funny, I had a similar idea about an exchange programme between the two countries and also other countries in the Middle East, I really think that’s the best way to encourage empathy and trust and just simple camaraderie. We need to get to know each other more. We have so many similarities, and even our differences are not something we should allow to divide us. Again thank you so much for your thoughts and encouragement, it means a lot to me.

      I definitely will do 🙂
      Best of luck to you also!


  22. Laura · October 29, 2019

    Dear Sara,

    I am writing to follow up on our invitation to include your blog in the Expatriate Archive Centre’s (EAC) Blog Archiving Project. We are a non-profit and independent archive that collects and preserves the life stories and social history of expatriates. We are looking for insightful and articulate blogging to build a digital collection of high-quality expatriate blogs. We believe your blog would be of value to researchers and academics working on expatriate studies and therefore, a valuable addition to our archive. Your blog no longer needs to be active to participate.

    You can find more information about the project on our website: https://xpatarchive.com/initiatives/eac-blog-archive/

    If you have any questions about the project or the EAC, please do not hesitate to send us an email at: blogs@xpatarchive.com

    We look forward to hearing from you!
    Kind regards,

    Blog Archiving Team
    The Expatriate Archive Centre


  23. saramasry90 · October 29, 2019

    Hello Laura,

    Of course! I’ll get back to you by email now 🙂



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