Social media took a huge space everywhere in the world. Social showcase which has to be perfect, nobody asks for your phone number anyone. They ask for your Instagram or Facebook account. Do you have Snapchat? What’s your name on Instagram? Before living in Kuwait, social media were kind of a photo album. I used to post to remember. But here, in the sandpit, things are really different. Short reflexion about the use of social media in a country in the Gulf.
Last time, I was talking to Eid Almujaibel on Instagram. At some point, he sent me a voice note saying that, basically, my Instagram profile wasn’t clear for him. He can see that I love burgers and I am a traveler, and so ? What do I do ? I am a traveler who eats burgers ? He doesn’t understand. So he ended the note asking me the big question… So, what do you do ?
I’ve been educated being respectful for the planet. Without thinking about it a lot, I took good daily habits to preserve our lovely planet. And year after year, I started really think about it and I slowly became kind of extreme about it. Vegan and really careful about global warming, my goal was to reach the zero waste way of life. And then, I landed in Kuwait…
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you already know. If not, thanks ! You give me another chance to say it : I am a half-marathoner ! I already ran 5 or 10 km race, but a half-marathon… It was the first time ! As weird as it can be, living in Kuwait made me become sporty. Let me explain how.
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.