Riding Lesson #1

Today I arrived, early of course, to settle in and have another look around! Tara gave me a pair of chaps, that were given to her at the centre!  So, with my new-to-me chaps, work-out tights and sneakers and borrowed riding helmet I was ready to go! I was given a big black horse named…

Visit to the Al-Farden Family Farm

The Al-Farden or spelled Alfarden family is known for luxury cars and precious jewelry.  These are pictures of a visit to their farm to see the animals! The farm is located in the Al Khor area of Qatar, in the middle of the desert.  Once off the main highway, then driving down a long, narrow…

Sharing Smiles!

This is International Week at work.  Today was the highly anticipated parade of flags where, at an assembly of the entire school in the main gym, every country represented at the school is walked in a parade.  There were over 80 flags!  Smiles energized with school spirit and national pride were everywhere!! But there was…

Saddam the Falcon

This is International Week at work.  There are two traditional Arab tents set up on campus, with a falcon at each one.  I was lucky to have spent some time with one falcon named Saddam. This falcon was purchased in Iraq, and is about a year old.   I didn’t ask how much Saddam cost…

Meet Abdulaziz! Saudi Born. Citizen of Kuwait.

This door I was photographing….. …..opened to this…… I froze. Had I interrupted something important? Was I in trouble?  All men looked at me. I looked at them.  They saw me take the picture of the door, so I asked if I could take a picture of them. They said Yes!  Then they welcomed me…

Doors of Kuwait

As I walked along Arabian Gulf Street, I was struck at the beauty of the heavy, ornate doors decorating buildings along the way.    S, xo

Kuwait Towers

My last day in Kuwait, I spent my morning walking to the Kuwait Towers. The towers are a popular tourist attraction. During the Iraqi occupation, 75% of the towers were damaged. My walk took about an hour along Arabian Gulf Street to reach the towers.  The cost was free to go to the restaurant or…

Sticking Out in the Crowd – Kuwait

Friday is the one day of the week many laborers and domestic workers have off.  As expected, there were many groups of East Indian men out enjoying the day.  What I didn’t expect were the number of East Indian women! In Qatar, there are many groups of Nepalese and Filipino women out and about on…

My Visit to the Kuwait National Museum

My designation for Friday afternoon was the Kuwait National Museum.  This museum was a short walk from my hotel and according to the hotel in-room guide and website – it opened at 4:30pm on Fridays. Off I went to walk along Arabian Gulf street to take me to my destination! After a 10 minute or…

Friday Morning Leisure at the Four Points Sheraton Kuwait

Friday is the holy day of the week in Muslim countries.  Typically, everything is closed, to open in the late afternoon. Therefore I allowed myself to move at a pace without purpose. I slept in, had a leisurely breakfast….then went to the pool and had a massage before heading out for the day! The pool…

Souq Al – Mubarakiya – Kuwait City

My walk to the souq was not far – basically just across the street from the Grand Mosque. But crossing the street was not basic.  A bit scary actually because what if my understanding of the red signal means red stop light is not that….. License plates in Kuwait. I found the entrance to the…

Grand Mosque of Kuwait

After breakfast I journeyed to The Grand Mosque of Kuwait. I was going to walk but ended up taking a taxi at the insistence of the hotel concierge when I asked for directions to the mosque.  He explained the walk is not an easy one and would take me over an hour.  A doorman walked…

Hello From Kuwait City!

Reporting to you live from Kuwait City! But first let me backtrack to getting here! Hamad International Airport is such a beautiful airport it always deserves a shout out! First – the car you could win in a raffle at the airport is a McLaren.  Of course it is.   Walking to my gate:  …

Gardening in the Desert!

Today was all about gardening! First stop was the local gardening store.  You know, the one on Gharafa next to the small palace!  😉 Here we bought three bags of soil, cucumber seeds and tomato seedlings for our garden plot in the community garden at Michael’s work.  We also bought a cool twisty tree for…

Friday Night at the Souq!

After our Dhow cruise, Michael and I walked to the souq for shisha and coffee. First off was crossing the street from the Corniche to the souq.  The wait for traffic lights to change from green to red is so long and people so many that small crowds accumulate making it difficult to cross within…

Friday Afternoon Dhow Cruise!

Through Michael’s work a Dhow Cruise was planned for an afternoon of swimming off of Al-Safliya Island. The weather was perfect!  We drove to the Corniche, found a parking spot and were off to find our boat for an afternoon of fun!   At the entrance of the marina is the terminal to the Banana…

Flying Solo in Kuwait Next Weekend!

Next weekend is American Thanksgiving.  I work at an American school so we have a long weekend to honor that day! Michael works at a Canadian school so no long weekend for him.  😦 So what to do?  I know!!  Travel!!! My first plan was to travel to either Jordan or Morocco.  Michael has already…