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Kuwait Dream Come True

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So much has happened, and I’ve been so blessed. I’ve been able to meet up with friends, one on one and in groups, and when we sit and talk, it’s as if I had never left. We pick up right where we left off. With my friends, there is no need to make polite conversation; we talk about what is important in our hearts. I have been able to see every single friend, and I will see them again before I leave. That is one dream come true.

The second dream came true last night. I have told you AdventureMan is very, very busy. He is so busy that many times he doesn’t come home until very late at night; there are meetings all day, and into the night, when the offices in the US are open and functioning. Last night, however, he took a break. It was mere hours, but it was enough.’

He took me to Mubarakiyya, for dinner, and to see the lights. Happy Valentines Day to me! He knows exactly the way into my heart. 🙂

We took friends, people who had never been there before. We have to be careful; there are people who don’t ‘get’ Mubarakiyya, who prefer new and modern and sanitary. Not me. Give me that strong, hot tea with heaters on the table, and charcoal burners, and the din of children running around, and that grilled chicken and lamb and the shrimp (rubiyan) that Desert Girl told us about a long time ago in her blog. Our friends totally got it, and we all sat there, just soaking in the magic of Mubarakiyya.

We shopped a little, and took lots of photos of the lights. I have always felt so much joy at the joint Independence / Liberation holiday, at the celebration part, not the obnoxious-kids-with-foam-part, but I am convinced that most Kuwaitis celebrate with family and picnics and going to the beach or chalets, not the madness-on-the-Corniche.

AdventureMan is SO smart. He found a perfect parking place, across from the Sief Palace, where I could try to photograph the lights on the clock tower. My photos are not perfect; I didn’t have a tripod, but oh, I had so much fun, and I love the concept and execution.

My Kuwait friends – take your children downtown to see the lights. You can park in the parking lot and watch the lights change. The lights this year, all over downtown Kuwait, and en route there, are fabulous.

These patterns change like a kaleidoscope. It is most amazing. Go. Take your sweetheart, your valentine. Take your kids. This is fun, and free, and the weather is perfect.

Here is the parking lot where you can watch the show:

Update: Thank you, Danderma! I feel so foolish; I never saw that slideshow option, and think how many times I have been on the gallery page with all my photos, LLOOOLLL! You taught this old dog a new trick. 🙂

February 13, 2011 - Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Blogging, Community, Cultural, Customer Service, Eating Out, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Public Art


  1. ooh those pictures are lovely! Believe it or not i haven’t been down town since before the lights were put up!?

    As for the slide show you do have that capability! It comes by default with WordPress! Edit this post, go to insert image, go to gallery, and just choose insert slide show i think you will find it in the bottom and voila 😀

    Comment by Danderma | February 13, 2011 | Reply

  2. Intlxpatr :

    Are you sure it was a strong tea you had at Mubarrakiah ???Not a single shot is straight Happy Valentines day

    Comment by daggero | February 13, 2011 | Reply

  3. your adventure man is like my man , he parked the same place when I told him that 2 of my friends when 3 times around the round about to take a photos. I have the same pictures, thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Hayfa Almughni | February 13, 2011 | Reply

  4. Danderma, I am stunned. It worked just as you said it would. I have never seen that option there before, I had no idea. Thank you!

    LLLOOOLLL, Daggero, and Happy Valentine’s Day. I was in a group, and shooting quickly; sometimes you just take the shot you got. 🙂

    Isn’t that a great parking spot, Hayfa? Then, you can take your time and enjoy the show, rather than driving three times around, LLLOOOLLLL!

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 13, 2011 | Reply

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