9 July 2017
09.07.2017 115 °F
I am now in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait for a nine month deployment but the good part about this one is that we are able to go off post. There is a scuba diving club at Camp Arifjan and I was scheduled to go today but it was cancelled due to the weather. Luckily I had met Nicole and ended up going to a crazy fourteen hour tour of Kuwait City instead. Her friend Panto was scheduled to leave in one week and had lived downtown Kuwait City so was able to take four of us on a tour. (Nicole brought another of her aviation warrant officers with us).
We started with a quick look at the Kuwait towers. One is actually a water tower. The other ball has a restaurant, viewing tower and small gift shop. Of course there had to be staged shots 😊
Near here is the Opera House which is a really gorgeous building right across the street from the ocean.
It was late morning so Panto needed a pick me up and took us to one of his favorite coffee shops. The coffee comes with a little donut!!! I’m in love!
I love the building designs here. We also go past the library and get a kick out of the benches.
These two brothers are Kuwaiti royalty who are on every business and building.
You have be careful crossing the street here!
We tried to go in the National Museum but most of it was closed for some reason. We then hit up Martyr Park. It was built to commemorate the lives of those who died for Kuwait in the Iraqi invasion in 1990. In addition to the monument that looks very much like the Vietnam War Memorial there is a botanical garden, lake and walkways. It is kind of amazing how green the park can look in the middle of the desert. It was SOOO hot though, we were sweating so much you could almost see through my pants!!
date trees in the park
It was time for lunch and a cool down so on to Al Balad, a Kuwaiti restaurant. The hummus and bread was just so good that I barely had any room left for my lunch of what looked like little meat quesadillas. I had lemonade which looked and tasted a little bit more like a mojito without the rum.
Panto had promised he could find camels on the way to Camp Beurhing so we took off down the highway. On the way we see a sign that says Good Bless US Troops so though of course we needed a picture next to it 😊
By camels next to the road, I thought he meant the camels would be next to the road but in fact we spotted a guy with 3 camels about half a mile off the road. He just turned the vehicle on to the sand and we went to ask the guy if we could take pictures with his camels. Kuwaiti people (although most aren’t from Kuwait) all seem very friendly so far. Obviously the answer was yes and we spent some time admiring these weird looking animals.
Next us was the Grand Mosque. This is the fourth largest Mosque in the world and just beautiful. Nicole and I had to put on a special outfit to go in and the guys had to put on some skirts 😊 We were lucky to have a guide all to ourselves. He told us each little blue spot on the carpet is for a person to pray on.
He showed us how all the alcoves that people can speak from are made so they can’t be heard by the one right next to them. Nicole and I thought they were better for photography.
I was in love with the architecture and how photogenic it was.
Our guide was asked what the carving said around this door and he took out his phone and said “Thank goodness for the I-Koran”. He looked it up on an app on his phone!!!
I should have paid more attention to what he was saying but was just so excited to have some many things to photograph!
There is a souk downtown that we walked through. It felt very local, busy and colorful. Even the fish market was fun to see.
Believe it or not we were getting hungry again and Panto had something else to show us. The opera house park has a collection of restaurants around a small lake that has a light show every thirty minutes after dark. The show was really awesome. NO one is the same so the music and light combinations was different for each one. Some even had fire involved!
Dinner was at Baker ‘n’ Spice. It is an organic restaurant and we sat outside to watch the fountain show. I had pasta with shrimp that was excellent!
It was a pretty interesting method for paying the bill also.
One last thing before calling it a night was seeing the Kuwaiti Towers lit up and then having dessert.
Al Hamra Mall is a beautiful 3 or 4 story building in the city that you would never guess was even there.
It holds The Chocolate Bar which was the objective for our final activity. I had a delicious peanut butter dessert with Butterfinger crumbles on top!