The Journey Begins

What we achieve in life, echoes in eternity  (China White)


The Shifting Sands of Time: (A true story of a British woman who loved and lost and became a prisoner with her children in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
I never thought I’d spend the best part of my adult life in a country so far removed from the UK. I was just a Liverpool girl, who worked hard and at times played hard. I’d never left the UK before and I didn’t even know most cities in the UK. I’d always had an interest in different cultures and ways but didn’t know it would have such a huge impact on my life. My goals in life were to become a career girl with my own hotel and not settle down till at least 30 years old. Until that night, that night that was to send me on a journey I couldn’t have dreamed up even if I had wanted too. It was a night that would change the course of my life forever, opening my world to amazing experiences and the goodness of humankind, but sadly on the flip side the horrors and the cruelty that humans are capable of.


Author: Shifting Sands

I'm an ordinary girl from Liverpool UK, who had the fortune to travel to a part of the world , that is not ventured to often, full of mystery, and falsehoods, Saudi Arabia; The Magikal Kingdom, a country unlike any other, where life shifts like a grain of sand, and is an unpredictable as the wind itself.

18 thoughts on “The Journey Begins”

      1. Hi Tracey (your name is Tracey right?), I am Indonesian and working in Jeddah-Makkah. Your life story is going on UK now? You still miss your husband city?
        If you back to Jeddah, I will bring my family to meet you to get sharing story of your life in Jeddah, in shaa Allah.


  1. Can’t wait for your book! And for the next blog article. I remember when you told me your story, how sad I felt for you. But you made it! Good luck😘 I wish you all the best.

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    1. Thanks Pauline – I aim to get the book done and this is the first step to achieving it x Hopefully at a later date start a charity for Women who are in the situation I was in x


  2. Tracy I love reading about your life I was only young when you moved but over the years your name has always come up in conversation can’t wait to read your book xxx

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  3. Your story is so intriguing to me. I was in another country and lost my husband. I had quite an ordeal getting my family home also. You are brave to tell your story. People at home would not understand. I will look out for your book!

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    1. Thank you Leah – its an issue that needs to be highlighted – to help other women be prepared if it happens – plus support is needed for survivors and escapees – Im so happy you succeeded – if you’d like to discuss more please contact me privately on


  4. Thankyou hun – please send your FB address and I shall add you xx

    Your story is truely inspiring and what you went thru is nothing but heroic and i hope that your children are well and I am so g lad you are back home and safe .l would love to connect with you on facebook that would be great

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    1. Hi Patrick it’s not available yet as I’m hoping to find a publisher who will be interested in publishing it for me, so at the moment I am doing as a blog – my hopes are a publishing house will pick it up to publish and I manage to open a charity to help others in my situation – thanks for your support x


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