17 July 2017
17.07.2017 120 °F
One of the benefits of being "deployed" to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait is the MWR office. They offer trips monday through wednesday of every week that take you to a destination around Kuwait City. The "scubby buses" aren't the most comfortable but they get you there for free! Today my friend Phil and I were on the trip to Fahaheel market.
The kind of questionable thing is that the bus dropped us off by the water and said the mall is to the left, the market is across the road on the right, be back by 2200. That was okay for me as a pretty experienced traveler but I think if I wasn't I would have been nervous. For one, crossing the busy road there was not the easiest. We did pass a McDonalds which just fascinates me when it is written in Arabic. It also had a scooter in the back for deliveries!
Phil and I had our WAYS app out and still had to ask someone where exactly this bazaar was. It is a couple of blocks off the road we were dropped off at. As it turns out it wasn't much. We did a quick walk through but these colored chickens were the most interesting thing for me Everything else was just cheap stuff.
Along the walk to the bazaar we passed a lot of places selling gold jewelry. It is very popular here and sold by weight so seems expensive to me. I did end up buying a ring I love but probably paid too much for it.
Kuwaitis seem to eat very late at night butPhil and I were starving so went to one of the first places we saw called Mughal Mahal. There menu was large which I guess should have been a clue but it was okay and we still managed to feel like real human beings for a night. Phil got a plate full of donor kabobs and I got a rice dish. Mughal is a mix of Chinese, Asian and Pakistani food so I guess that is why the menu is so big!
We weren't too hungry to hit the Chocolate dessert place right down the road. Kuwaitis also seem to love their chocolate/dessert restaurants. We enjoyed amazing looking and tasting crepes and coffee at Bell Cafe to further surprise us this could happen on deployment. The food was almost too pretty to eat.
A short walk later had us back at the mall which is interesting to walk through with fancy stores and barely a person in any of them. Just outside the mall was a little port with some VERY fancy and expensive looking yachts.