Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Idiot.

My mother-in-law and sister-in-law live in a city in Kuwait called Mahboula.  It translates to "The Idiot".  Seriously.  There is a story behind it, which I really need to find out.  Their apartment building is a nice location filled with American fare like Krispy Kreme, Starbucks, Johnny Rockets, and the like.  The McDonalds across the street is always busy with cars lining up out to the street for the drive thru.  We are having a good time here with family.  The kids are getting along so well and having so much fun together.  We head to Dubai tomorrow for three nights...I can't wait!

The fun came to a crashing halt last night- literally.  We were driving back from dinner and there was a large accident on the other side of the freeway.  The idiot behind us was so busy gawking at it that he slammed into out car.  Hard.  Thankfully everyone is ok...we went to the hospital just to be sure.  I was worried about the kids, but they are fine.  I think we have a little whip lash...these kind of things seem to appear in the days following an accident.

Hopefully I will get to post more in Dubai...I'm not sure what kind of internet access we will have there in the hotel.  Then on Sunday we head home! 

Until next time...:)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Jet. Lag.

So there is an 8 hour time difference between home and here in Saudi Arabia. Which is why I'm writing this post at 2:20 am and I'm not tired in the least. We arrived in Kuwait a few days ago, spent the next day there, then flew to Saudi Arabia. The city has changed a lot since I was last here in 2004. It is starting to remind me of California a little. Palm trees, nice landscaping, wide streets, a pretty area to walk along the beach, and lots of shopping and restaurants. Lots of American restaurants...McD's, KFC, Applebees, Baskin Robbins, Pizza Hut, Subway, just to name a few. Big bright grocery store chains.

We went shopping this evening and I found a caftan. It's seriously the most comfortable thing I've ever worn. We bought the kids a couple of toys...I'm not so sure about the quality though. My daughter got a doll who's arm just doesn't want to stay on. And I would dare put the doll's clothing anywhere near an open flame.

We are still so jet lagged that we took the kids to the playground at 11pm. They finally passed out around 1:30am. Hopefully I won't find them playing loudly behind the curtains in the living room again at 4am like I did yesterday.

On Thursday, we're planning to go fishing, then drive back to Kuwait in the afternoon. I'm really kicking myself that we forgot to bring our good camera. Well, at least we'll get some iPhone pictures!

Time to go count some sheep and try to sleep!