We’ve been out and about every day in Kuwait so far, although I did sleep in this morning before having a lovely swim in the patio pool three floors down. Today, I’m sharing some photos from our travels in and around the city.
We’ve shopped all over the place so far, in both the glamourous modern shopping malls and the traditional souks (markets) which have thrived here for centuries. Stay tuned for photos from our adventure to the Heritage Souk, the oldest in the state, in tomorrow’s post. While looking for batteries for The Electrician’s grandmother’s hearing aids, we headed into a standard looking building and were stunned by the unexpected beauty of the interior.
I’m not sure how to describe the climate here. It’s hot but not tropical, and the dryness of the desert is tempered by the moisture from our closeness to the gulf. The wind picks up out of nowhere, and I felt like I was swimming uphill both directions the other day because the breeze was so powerful.
The Electrician’s folks overlook the sea from every room in their eighth floor apartment except the kitchen. I love big water, so I’ve been enjoying the broad expanse of water spread in front of us.
Right now is a great time to see Kuwait, since the weather is hot but not stifling–just under 30 degrees Celcius most days– and things are still green and/or blooming.
I wasn’t sure if there would be palm trees here, but they are the most common tree around. I did expect all kinds of exotic and unfamiliar flowers. Truly, I thought I’d be posting photos of all kinds of blooming beauties I’d never seen before, and pleading with my more botanically-inclined readers for identification assistance. To my complete surprise, ninety-five percent of the flowers here are the things my mother grows back in Alberta.
So far, we’ve seen (and smelled) petunias everywhere. They are exactly the same wave petunias my momma plants at home. I’ve also seen plenty of geraniums in colours I see in Alberta. There were also marigolds, the big crackerjack variety that grow like mad here. All the flowers will dry up and die before long, when the killing heat arrives and nothing survives the daytime temperatures of more than fifty degrees Celcius. Since the weather here right now is very similar (minus the evening rains) to Alberta summers, I suppose it makes sense the flowers are also the same.
As visitors to Kuwait, it’s pretty much required that we drop by the Kuwait Towers, which are down the coast from us and are often features in photos and news of Kuwait. On the left side is the single large pearl, which is a water reservoir. We went by elevator to the small pearl on the right, which is high in the air and features a slowly revolving observation deck. Below it, in the larger pearl, is a restaurant that was not open when we visited yesterday.
The towers are covered in glass tiles that look like tea saucers. The pearls on each spike glitter in the abundant sun.
From the top, we could see the city and the coastline. The windows were dusty as everything is here, but we could see Kuwait from a different angle and it was beautiful.
These are only a portion of the zillion photos I’ve snapped so far in Kuwait. I will share more in upcoming posts, so keep reading if you’d like to see more of what we’ve experienced here.
As a sidenote, The Electrician and his dad just got home from the desert golf course, which has no grass and requires players to both walk and carry their own pieces of artificial turf. They are dusty, pink from the sun, and covered in grit and sand: another unforgettable experience from Kuwait, one he really did need to try while he was here. I think he’ll really appreciate a good course green when he gets back home, however.
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