November 04, 2004

Work Work Work

KuwaitCity.jpg
A view from the Kuwaiti twin towers, the meatball-on-a-stick-looking things, and I actually think they were designed by a swedish firm. Hahaha....

I have not been able to update the site in a while, and I have a feeling it will be like this for a few months. Like I said earlier, I just started this new job, and it's more than one could call a "full time gig." But I'm happy, and the days go by real fast. I just don't have the free time that I did up in Iraq.

MyHaus1.jpg
Here's my living room. I'll take better photos later.

I moved into my new apartment, and am trying to make it comfortable, like any new home. It was different before because I lived in a tent on base...uh...in Iraq, whereas now I live in town, amongst Kuwaitis, and other nationals. I don't have to worry about mortars anymore either.

I live in a three bedroom apartment, with a kitchen and living room, and I have a maid who cleans every day. Not too shabby. I also have a small front porch area, good for smoking out of my hookah. I'll post a picture sometime. I just purchased a nice one last night for 25 KD (about $85). I'm still interrogated about it all the time. It's for tobacco, guys!

KCIA.jpg
Here's a photo taken from inside Kuwait City International Airport (KCIA). That shop on the right is Sweet Factory (like what we've got in the States). Check out the woman buying candy.

A couple days ago, I went to the airport with a coworker to pick up two guys headed up north. They're assigned to Iraq, but they won't be going for a few days, so they'll stay with us until then. That's why we've got the extra bedrooms.

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One of the guys had never been to Kuwait so we took him out to dinner and checked out the Marina Mall, grabbed a coffee, etc. We are still experiencing Ramadan, so the malls are very busy at night. Everybody goes out at night. All the kids, teenagers, and grown-ups head into the main parts of town and stay up late. It's crazy. I think there are two weeks left until it ends.

That's all for now. I don't care to comment on the election. I don't want to think about politics for a while.

Posted by Dan at 07:00 PM | Comments (19)

November 25, 2004

It's been a while.

Old School Dentist
The photo above depicts how dentists might have handled things back in the day. I'm really glad we've improved since then.

Speaking of dentists, I went to see one today. An old filling came out, and it turned out I needed to get a root canal. Happy Thanksgiving to me, I guess!

I took a taxi downtown and went to a private medical center, the kind that usually caters to foreign locals like myself. The service is pretty good, although they didn't give me any laughing gas, but the procedure went smoothly.

The past few weeks, I have been getting up to speed with my new job, and I have been traveling to all the remote base camps here in Kuwait. Yesterday I drove up to the Iraq border to do some work. It's crazy up there, because out past the Kuwait City limits, sand covers the land in all directions. There is nothing at all, except for a few shops and bedouin tents. Somehow, it reminds me of when I lived in Mammoth Lakes. There were obvious differences, like snow...oh yeah, and trees.

The weather is getting really cold, too. We have had rain and thunderstorms, and I need to start wearing a jacket. I guess Winter comes to the Middle East too.

So, I know it's been a long time since my last post. A few of my friends have pointed out that my life looks boring now, compared to Iraq. They're right. I don't have to worry about mortars or rockets, or maybe even kidnappings. Besides that, I don't have the time to keep up with this and work, so I'm going to take a break from the blog for a while.

It's been fun. I enjoyed coming up with ideas for posts, and taking photos all over. And now I have some kind of record of where I've been out here. Of course, I've had to leave out some of the crazier things, mostly out of respect for those killed, or for security reasons, but you guys were able to get an idea of what it's like for a regular kid from Southern California, living in tents and condemned buildings, in the middle of Iraq.

I'll start it up again some day down the road. I'm hoping to move to Europe in a year or so, and maybe I can do something like this up there. For now, it's goodbye.

The site will still be here, so you can check the archives sections and what-not.

Ma'asalaama.

Posted by Dan at 01:17 PM | Comments (5)