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End of August Sunrise

No, no, it’s no trouble at all to be up for the sunrise, in fact, I have been up for hours. Yes, jet lagging. I thought I had dodged that bullet, but when I awoke, feeling GREAT, thinking it was morning, and checked my clock . . . it was only 2:30. 2:30 ay – em.

I’ve got all the laundry done, dishes washed, I’m all unpacked, and I think I am going to need to go back to bed soon.

I was just thinking, for Kuwaitis coming back, there won’t be a jet lag issue – with Ramadan starting almost immediately, nights and days get turned upside down anyway.

My flight in was a hoot – probably 80% families, Kuwaiti and Omani. Most of the kids were between 8 months and 2 1/2 years, but amazingly well behaved. The flight was packed. Packed. Not a single empty seat. I am guessing this was the big influx trying to get back before school starts and Ramadan starts – double whammy.

Fortunately, KLM seemed to have stocked a lot of kid’s meals, they didn’t mind the toddlers in the aisles, and the flight was relatively quiet – astonishingly so, considering all the kids on board. I have never seen a flight with so many children. The Pre-boarding of the families alone took about 45 minutes. Unaccompanied people like me were stuck in here and there where there was an empty seat.

The poor families; many had hoped for an empty seat next to them, and had to hold the babies and toddler the entire flight. There was a baby in my seat when I boarded, but the parents quickly picked her up and we had a good time chatting during our time together; we even all slept when the baby did. The baby coughed and sneezed on my meal, but I don’t seem to be suffering any ill effects. 🙂

I’m happy to be back in Kuwait. I’ve grown to love Ramadan, and I am looking forward with great anticipation to those magical days when the temperatures begin to drop once again and we can spend time outdoors.

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August 30, 2008 - Posted by | Community, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Health Issues, KLM, Kuwait, Living Conditions, sunrise series

10 Comments »

  1. I loved my experience with KLM, they’re just great with kids

    Comment by pearls | August 30, 2008 | Reply

  2. Welcome back, and as usual great shots thats a lovely view. I wonder if it was also humid outside at that time.

    It is a true blessing to have a good flight experience with all those kids on board! On some, there’s only one or two, and the flight becomes quite annoying. 🙂

    Comment by N. | August 30, 2008 | Reply

  3. The most beautiful sunsrise since I’ve started visiting your blog!

    Comment by Aafke | August 30, 2008 | Reply

  4. i would have coughed and sneezed right back. hahaf

    Comment by Mrm | August 30, 2008 | Reply

  5. Pearls – So many airlines treat the children like annoyances, watching the KLM attendants be so caring and helpful was a treat.

    Thank you, N! I think it’s pretty humid 24/7 these days.

    As I had a baby who fussed when flying (ear problems), I am most sympathetic to the parents with screaming infants. You just feel so terrible, you feel sorry for your baby and you feel embarrassed to be annoying all the other passengers and sometimes there is nothing you can do to comfort your child (or SHUT THAT KID UP! as the other passengers are thinking. 😉 )

    Thank you, Aafke ! 🙂

    LLOOLLL, Mrm. I am trying to imagine the look on the parents’ faces if you did that!

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 30, 2008 | Reply

  6. Glad you are safely home! See you next time.

    Comment by momcat | August 30, 2008 | Reply

  7. welcome back 🙂 yeah ramadan is around the corner and working hours will be shorter (9:30-2:30) Mom and Dad are out of town so its gonna be rough start without them 😦
    Ramadan is much better with a full house

    Comment by Ansam | August 30, 2008 | Reply

  8. Oh Momcat, we are looking forward to it! 🙂

    Thank you, Ansam. Oh, that makes me so sad, thinking of you celebrating the beginning of Ramadan without your Mom and Dad. Are there aunts and uncles who will include you in all the feasting? Will you be doing special Ramadan cooking?

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 31, 2008 | Reply

  9. My sister and her husband adopted us for the time being LOL and yes special food and I will be posting pictures or emailing them to you 😀

    Comment by Ansam | August 31, 2008 | Reply

  10. Oh, thank God, Ansam! You will have love and good food! 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 1, 2008 | Reply


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