Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Where are Hussein and Ali?

Ten days ago I was taking a new friend around the old souks and I showed her Hussein and Ali, on the corner across from the main entrance to the Heritage Souk area, where a lot of expats buy carpets.

One week later, downtown with Adventure Man – Hussein and Ali’s shop is gone. The sign is down, the shutters are closed and it looks like they are never coming back.

Have they moved? Does anyone know what happened? Did they lose their lease?

August 27, 2007 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Community, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Shopping | 11 Comments

Swarming Fish

We were dining overlooking the water, when I happened to look down. I gasped!

“Look! Look at the fish!”

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It was the most amazing live show, ever. The fish would make the most amazing patterns as they swarmed, making twirling circles, sometimes fanning out, sometimes closer to the surface than other times. Sometimes the rush of their movement created a wave, a wave of sparkling silver bodies. It felt like a gift from God. We sat and watched, mezmerized.

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August 27, 2007 Posted by | Adventure, Eating Out, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Kuwait | 3 Comments

Hints of Ramadan

These lanterns are already up at the Al Kout Mall . . . Ramadan is in the air!

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August 27, 2007 Posted by | Community, Eid, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Ramadan, Shopping, Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Tang Chow and Gulf Road

I’ve written about Tang Chow before. I know, I know, you are looking for something new. But (there’s always that “but”) when Adventure Man called and said “what do you want to do about dinner” and I said “I just have a hankering for Tang Chow”, he said “Me too! I’ve been thinking about it all day!”

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It’s great when you are married to someone who likes the same food at the same time. No, it isn’t always instant agreement.

Sometimes, we’ll be going out and he will say “where are we going?” and I will give him three options, and he won’t like any of them. So then I say, “Ok, OK where is it YOU really want to go?” and he will tell me and we will go there. Sometimes it works out OK, and sometimes there just isn’t much on the menu I really like, but we try to take turns getting to choose when we can’t agree. But if one of us really objects, then we go somewhere else.

We never disagree when it comes to Tang Chow. The only negative factor is the traffic on Gulf Road. What a hassle!

Last week we were caught in that horrid traffic (and it’s only August! Not even as bad as when school starts!) and there was a car to our left with the lights on inside, four women primping, literally with compacts, checking their own lips, checking their eyes, clearly ON DISPLAY but pretending to be oblivious to all the attention they were getting from the guys trying to get their attention.

And the guys in front of us, in a great big SUV, trying to get the girls’ attention, HIT the car in front of them, full of a family bringing a brand new baby home from the hospital.

Guys, take it off the road! Court in the parking lots, court at Chili’s, court at the coffee houses or at the Malls – take it off the road.

You have my sympathy, truly. I know it is really really tough here, almost impossible, to get to know the girls. And you have all those raging hormones. Still – take it OFF THE ROAD.

We could see the young men were really really sorry they had hit the family. I am betting they learned from the experience, and, God willing, will keep their eyes on the road when they are driving, but I am afraid to hope for too much.

August 27, 2007 Posted by | Cross Cultural, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Marriage, Mating Behavior, Middle East, Relationships | 2 Comments