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Middle East » Kuwait » Al Kuwait April 9th 2010

April 9, 2010 Note: You can click on any photo to enlarge it, and then use the numbers at the top to scroll from photo to photo. Be sure to see the photos below the comments on this page and then click on the "page 2" link to see the "extra photos" I've uploaded. : Last Thursday was the weekend and we had arranged for our group to go to Kuwait City, Kuwait for the day, which is about an hour’s drive from where we are in Khafji, Saudi Arabia. Things did not start off well. The driver picked us up at 12:30 pm. There were nine of us including the driver and 8 very narrow seats. The driver, who spoke no English, did not seem surprised or bothered by this. The solution was for one ... read more
Waiting for our visas to Kuwait
Stuck between two countries
Gas Flares

Middle East » Kuwait » Al Kuwait April 9th 2010

And I am not the only one who has ever had a date with Kuwait. The ancient Greeks amongst others also had a date, a longer lasting one then mine. Theirs lasted around 300 years, starting around the time of Alexander the Great. They however didn't visit the mainland much and preferred to stay on their little island of the coast. They called it Icaria, after the Greek hero Ikarus, and like him their fate was doomed in the end. Perhaps it had been better to call it something else, maybe after a hero who didn't decide to have a run in with the sun. He fell as we all know because the wax that kept his wings together melted as he came closer to the sun; and the Greeks on Icaria? Well they were too ... read more
Kuwait City
Kuwait City
Kuwait City

Middle East » Kuwait » Al Kuwait February 18th 2010

This entry never got published. I'm publishing again. (Entry date of February 18, 2010) I’m back in Minnesota, and now my journey has ended. However, there were a few things left to experience since my last blog entry. The Assessment Center concluded successfully despite the Internet going down twice during the last round of testing. I was seconds away from going to “Plan B” which is manual testing (and laborious scoring) when the Internet returned and saved the day. The last evening I invited to dinner three of the client’s people who I worked closely with. I asked them to pick some place where locals would go and we went to a restaurant in Khafji called “The Anchorage.” It was a great meal. In attendance was Edward from India, Mirza from Pakistan, Manny from the Philippines ... read more
At the Assessment Center
Some of the Participants at the Center

Middle East » Kuwait August 21st 2009

We landed in Kuwait around 0400 local (3hrs later than we were supposed to) where the pilot announced that the temperature was a cool 86degrees. I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated how hot 86 degrees really is until I was standing outside in the pitch black and sweating. Being from upstate NY, dark night to me equals cold. Period. I can’t remember experiencing a “warm” night until I went to Hawaii, and even then it was very comfortable. North Carolina nights are about as close as I got to a hot night. This was something else. It was a good warm-up for what the sunlight would bring. We got off the plane and shuffled onto buses, prison-gang style. Throughout the whole process, we never really have more instruction than what we’re doing at that very moment. ... read more
My temporary home
The good crappers

Middle East » Kuwait August 19th 2009

The day has finally arrived. I am most of the way through my 24hrs of travel, with still more waiting and travelling ahead of me. The last month has been so filled with family, friends, and work, that I can’t think of the last time I was bored. I now look forward to months of boredom - the kind of boredom that leads to professional growth, personal improvement, and a whole lot of movies. My last day home, yesterday, began like any other - piecing together all the little odds and ends still needing attention before I leave. There was a small hiccup (and a big moment of panic at the time - sorry dad!) when someone called me from base saying I was supposed to be there an hour ago and that I missed some ... read more
Sen McCain
The Lone Rangers

Middle East » Kuwait » Al Kuwait July 27th 2009

Wow, ok so I have been away for a very long long time.. Kept busy with a new baby, obsessive gym routine and frolicking with my friends in my spare time, but I am back on the scene and ready to start keeping people up to date with whats going on in Kuwait, new openings, good beaches, family fun and what I am up to day to day :) Sooooo much has happened in Kuwait over the past 2 years. I think it's alot easier for expats to live here now. There's alot more to do, new places to see and lots to update people about. Kuwait is pulled in 2 directions with the young and well travelled wanting it to become more modern, and the deep rooted want to keep the culture, the traditions and ... read more

Middle East » Kuwait » Al Jahra June 12th 2009

After arriving in Atlanta, we, Julio Perry Monica, Eric, and I, met up with the rest of the group who had been stranded there after missing their flight the previous day. We began debating whether or not it would be best to try and get on the flight to Mumbai (Bombay) from there, or if we should fly into Kuwait and connect into Mumbai from there. We ended up flying to Kuwait, because it meant that all of us could get business class. Believe me, there would be no greater hell than the 14 hour flight wedged in the happy seat in the way back of the plane. I would have killed myself. It was a nice flight, and I slept and ate the whole time. We had a great view of Kuwait as we landed. ... read more

Middle East » Kuwait May 20th 2009

Lee (Heaton). We're on our way home from Thailand with Qatar airways and we have encountered a 'slight' hiccup but its not a real issue for us. We got to Doha in preparation for our connecting flight back to Manchester and there is a so-called 'technical problem' with the aircraft we were due to fly home on. Therefore, we've all had to be put up at one of the airport hotels here overnight at Doha airport until another aircraft has become available tomorrow. However, we've arranged with Qatar airways to stay in the Middle East for a couple of days and fortunately they've booked us on a flight back to Manchester in two days time instead free of charge for the inconvenience. We've only done this for one reason, which is in the hope we can ... read more

Middle East » Kuwait » Al Kuwait May 18th 2009

It was good to see Rowena and met the son-in-law and the parents in law. Yesterday we went shopping - Rowena wanted/needed a pair of sneakers - her feet are expanding. The mall is like any other one - except there are men and women in Arb dress. It was Sunday equilviant to monday in the western world and the Mall was very quite. We bought the shoes and had a coffee at numerous Starbucks outlet. I have to say there is not much to look at here as Rowena describes it - lots of sand colored building a few tree (all of which are in row due to irrigation) and lots of sand. We had a late lunch at the Seven Seas resturant which is leboneses Resturant. It was fabulous - the courses kept coming ... read more
Old water collection towers

Middle East » Kuwait November 16th 2008

You know you're going somewhere different when you overhear people waiting to get on the plane saying "the last time I flew into here was on a troop transport with 300 other guys". After a late night arrival into Kuwait and a confused taxi driver I managed to make it to the hotel in one piece. The first thing that you notice is that everyone behind the wheel here is insane. There must be some brain implant they give you when you get your licence, because everyone seems to think that they own not only the road but the footpath as well! Part of the driving test is to use your horn every 20 metres to make everyone get out of the way. Red lights it appears used to mean stop only if you feel like ... read more
They're starting to get serious about running red lights
Kuwait Towers
Kuwait City from the Kuwait Tower

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