Hey all. I’m going to try and make sure that I find room in between learning Arabic, preparing lessons, and making a life for myself here to stay in touch with you friends from home. My goal is to blog every weekend (which is Friday and Saturday for me).
This weekend, I’m going to invite you into my humble abode. I’ve really loved having my own place. For instance, it’s noon and I’m currently sitting on my (neatly-made) bed, wearing only underwear and a tank top (haven’t showered yet- such a slob). And NOBODY is telling me that I need to shower, get dressed, get off the computer, yada yada. No offense to Mom and Dad or Reyna (hahaha), but after living at home for a few years, living as a foreigner/ adopted daughter in someone’s home for 6 months (and we all know how difficult that was at times), living out of a suitcase for most of the summer and sharing a cabin with a dozen 16 year-olds, having my own place is tasting pretty good.
And of all the places this school could have given me, I feel so lucky that they provide their teachers with apartments like the one I have. To me, it’s gigantic. And we don’t pay a dime- laundry is free, utilities are paid for, we even have the nicest doorman who solves any problems we have very quickly. Yesterday, he (Mr. Ali) came up to my apartment because I told him my refrigerator was not very cold. He checked it out, said the broken English translation of “I’ll be back,” and returned with a new fridge on a dolly (which is bigger- score!). Within ten minutes, all the food and magnets were transferred, and presto, I had a new functional refrigerator. He’s also very happy to teach Arabic. Last night, Lindsay (an AAG teacher from New York) and I went on a walk along the beach (I wish I’d brought my camera. It was the evening of the Islamic holy day, so tons of families were at the beach together grilling, smoking shisha (hookah), or just relaxing in the relative coolness [95 degrees or so]) and when we returned, she asked Mr. Ali how to say key in Arabic. His eyes lit up with excitement as he went into how to say one key, set of keys, door… He’s such a nice guy. And it’s good to know that our always-locked front door is also guarded by somebody we can trust.
Enjoy the photo tour. I swear, it’s better in person (so come visit!)
In case you didn’t gather it from the photo tour, one walks into the apartment and is in the dining room/ living room. To the left is a hallway. The first stop, on the left, is the kitchen. Then, to the right is a spare bedroom. Directly opposite the bedroom is a spare bathroom. I’m mostly using that as a place to hand-wash clothes and, of course, if I have guests, it’s a bathroom! At the end of the hallway is my bedroom, which encloses the bathroom.
As I think I’ve already mentioned a few times, I like this place and I’ve enjoyed making it my own. Every evening, I enjoy watching the sun set from its big, beautiful windows that overlook the skyline of Kuwait City.
Don’t you want to visit me now?