The first thing you see when you live in Kuwait is the mix between traditions and modernity. In Kuwait City, you can see huge skyscrapers illuminated and, not so far, the souk Al-Mubarakyia. You can see huge roads in the desert, and you will see camels crossing those roads and, not so far, huge city being built.
When I take a look at the statistics of my old blog, I can see that a lot of visitors are coming from Google, asking how is it to be a woman in Kuwait. Do women have to wear the hijab? Can they drive?
Every time I go back to Kuwait, I remember my first days in Kuwait. I think about how it was when I arrived in the desert.
– So, where do you live ?
– I live in Kuwait.
– Ah… And you have to cover your head, right ?
Every conversation about my expatriation and my life in Kuwait end up like this. Kuwait is not a dream-country but … in fact, it’s ok.
When you live in a country as Kuwait, you have to be prepared to live with the religion. Obviously, there are the pray calls and all the Muslim days that you are not used to in your country, but for me the biggest shock is always during Ramadan. This year, the holy month was during summer. How can we live when it’s 50 degrees outside and to eat and to drink are liable to a fine… even a few days in jail ?
I really like to be in Kuwait, there are more advantages than cons in my opinion. But there is one thing I really hate here : the dusty days and storm dust. A few months before going to Kuwait, I checked a lot the weather and I was surprised and curious reading that, some days, it was dusty.
When I arrived in Kuwait, the first thing I saw is, obviously, all the beautiful cars we can see everywhere. Every morning, I sent pictures of Porsche, Lamborghini, Camaro or Dodge to my friends and my brother.
Yesterday, with one my french friend, we were talking about what we miss the most from France. The conclusion was that we miss walking, walking around in the street and going to nowhere. In Paris, it’s possible to do everything by walking : the streets are pedestrians friendly, even if we can still criticize the sidewalks. But, if we look at the big picture, France is a country where it’s possible to do everything from walking.