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Vote Now! The Great Kuwait Market Magic Challenge

We had some thoroughly splendid contributions to one of my favorite challenges of all, the Great Kuwait Market Magic Challenge.

Here are the challengers – please visit their photos before you vote:

Bu Yousef

Fewer entries – but every entry a gem. This is going to be a very difficult vote.

Thank you to our great photographer-participants. Your photos were truly Market Magic. 🙂 It was a thrill for me to see each and every one.

February 3, 2009 Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Blogging, Community, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Local Lore, Photos, Spiritual | | 11 Comments

Whatever Floats Your Boat

Actually, I hate that phrase, but today it fits. I looked out the window and laughed – there is a tanker, floating above the horizon. At first, I almost thought it was a balloon. Look! See for yourself:


The day is so clear, I can see the tin roofs on Failaika Island with my bare eye. It isn’t much, but it is the clearest day in a long time:


In today’s Kuwait Times, Dr. Saleh al-Ajeeri tells us that the chances of rainfall are going away because the winds are changing, and that the temperatures are going to fall again. It’s hard for me to believe, on a day like today, warm and sunny and not a cloud in the sky, it’s hard to believe it is going to be cold. Dr. Al-Ajeeri says “The winter season is still going on and the cold will return during a season locally known as the ‘Scorpion’s Cold'” and that we can’t count on higher temperatures until the end of February.

SCORPION’S COLD?? OK, my Kuwaiti friends, I have never heard of that before. Can anyone explain to me what this is? And what it it called in Arabic?

February 3, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Local Lore, Technical Issue, Uncategorized, Weather | 8 Comments

Tanker Sunrise

I can tell when the air is bad in Kuwait. I wheeze a little when I am lying down, and I wake up with a small headache. It’s such a shame – the weather is so beautiful, I want to go outside and breathe deeply. I have a feeling that might not be such a good idea.

It looks like another beautiful day in the most beautiful month in Kuwait:


As for the title, if you look at the photo closely, near the horizon you can see all the oil tankers lining up to get into the . . . um. . . er. . . tanker place.

February 3, 2009 Posted by | ExPat Life, Health Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, sunrise series, Technical Issue, Weather | 5 Comments