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My fifth back to school

The 28 of August 2019, I landed in Kuwait for the fifth year in a row. As an expat, I feel like I am living smalls movings every summer. Every time I leave France to go to Kuwait, my suitcase is full and my heart a bit heavy. But I am also super excited and I can’t wait to be back in my flat.

Happy to drive my car in the streets I know, happy to be back in my routine. But this year, it was different. Let me tell you why.

I quit smoking !

Before leaving for Kuwait, I was a non-smoker. And I went back to smoking when I arrive in Kuwait. It’s easier to meet colleagues – they are all in the smoking room – it gives you something to do and it helps to make bonds with people. To be clear : socially, smoking always helped me ! But I decided, 48 hours ago, to quit smoking.

To save money or to enjoy ?

To talk about money is kind of a taboo in France : we don’t talk about salaries, we don’t talk about savings. Everybody does his own business by his side, without talking about it to anyone. But let’s be honest : everybody who comes to Kuwait comes for money. Nobody comes to Kuwait for the beauty of the landscape or for the history of the country. We come to Kuwait for money.