"When offered to go to Kuwait..." Top 5 Page for this destination Kuwait by Hexepatty
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...I jumped at the chance. First Class pretty much guaranteed and Quentin was paying (Uh.... you are paying, right darling???) I wasn't going to say no. Soothing the naysayers wasn't too challenging... (Americans not knowing geography that well) and yet there were still some concerns: strict religious policies, no booze, no fun per se. Traveling with a guy that is neither a husband nor brother. Just a bud - but an opposite sex bud. Knowing that hotels COULD be a bit of a challenge in light of our non-marital status, we opted for and were successful with Couchsurfing.com for lodging! (See my hotel tip for more on this fab website!)
Sandbox with new toys (buildings and plenty of 'em!) that is hot and yet has one coastal border with the Persian Gulf. That could be a description.
Nice people... from what I could see. Everyone smiled at least... At least I'd like to think the women were smiling at me from under their burqa's. I'll pretend they were at any rate.
Oh - their petro is .60 cents a gallon. We filled our car rental for a grand, whopping $6.00 US dollars. It was on empty, mind you...
Didn't we help them win their war against Iraq back in '91? They should share some love with us. All I'm saying...
NOTE: Quentin and I are not your normal travelers. We "SPEED TRAVEL" for lack of a better phrase or term. He works for the airlines and can fly for pretty much free, but time is limited. As a result he likes to see as much as he can in as little time as possible. The perks of flying with him are great: reduced rate travel and typically in first or business class on those long hauls were you really want first or businss class. The negatives: buckle up and be ready to see all you can see during every waking moment. Swear that man has ADD and/or I'm slowing down or both, but... still I wouldn't have missed this trip for the world. We started in Kuwait (one day) went to Dubai (one day) and then Istanbul (three days.)
That said, we were in Kuwait from Friday 5pm and departed at 6:30pm on Saturday. Just about 24 hours. Our first evening we went to Fintas where our host was located. Since we rented a car, once we met our host, Katherine, she gave us an informal evening tour of the town just south of Fintas in Fahaheel.
We woke up around 4:30am the next morning (Saturday) and proceeded to drive as far south as the Saudi Border. (There is a 'not so brilliant' / bone headed / 'Lucy and Ethel' moment story related to this, but I'll spare you the details. See my warnings!) We traveled as far North East as possible: Sabiyah & Bubyan Bridge (See my warnings again!) and on the return we stopped in Jahra, Kuwait City & Salimiyah.
At this point we headed to the car rental / airport for our departure to Dubai, UAE.
Having a car rental REALLY is the way to do this place. And sure, you will read how "crazy" they drive. And they do. But no worse than Italy, Brazil, Mexico City or Boston.
And Allah knows: the petro is cheap. I'd recommend seeing the country this way if you have limited time and like to see as much as possible!
Just don't decide to pop into Saudi Arabia unless you are prepared. (See my Warning!)
- Pros:Buildings, Camels, People
- Cons:Heat, sand, never feeling like you are covered ENOUGH!
- In a nutshell:Go. Once. Go Once Anywhere, eh???
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Written Jun 15, 2007
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