Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

“I Look Deep Inside . . .”

We were at one of those official dinners, and, as is my habit, I found someone even more shy than I am and started asking questions. It’s an old trick; it gets me through the most endless affair. She turned out to be very smart, very witty and entertaining, this Nigerian woman, so elegant, so well-mannered. We were having a great conversation.

“So what do you do in Kuwait?” I asked, almost yawning, I was so ashamed of myself for asking such a boring, common question.

She paused, looking at me like she was measuring me.

“I look deep within people, and I tell them things about themselves they never knew,” she responded.

“Oh no!” I thought to myself, “is she some kind of fortune-teller?” (Fortune tellers are strictly forbidden in my religion.) I’m usually pretty good with the old poker-face, but my eyes probably shifted, looking quickly for a polite exit.

She watched me, her eyes twinkling, grinning like a fisherman with a live one on the hook.

“I’m a radiologist,” she added, and we both cracked up. She really had me: baited me, caught me, hooked me good, and then did the old catch-and-release.

April 7, 2009 Posted by | Character, Community, ExPat Life, Friends & Friendship, Health Issues, Humor, Joke, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Spiritual | 8 Comments

Gigantic Sunrise

It’s not photoshopped, or any kind of shopped – it’s the “light haze” that makes this rising sun appear so gigantic. I can’t even focus as I try to shoot it, there is so much refracted light. I just have to trust, as I snap the shutter, that the camera can figure out how to manage it. Once again, I focused on the reflection; it was the only line the camera could focus on; the rest is just a blur. I am using my smaller Lumix, it doesn’t have a viewfinder, so it is much harder to see what you are shooting.


It’s going to be HOT today. For me, anyway, anything above 22°C / 72°F is getting a little heated up. 😉


Have a great day, Kuwait.

April 7, 2009 Posted by | ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Lumix, sunrise series, Weather | 5 Comments