I ran around Fahaheel on Thursday and got in a little too much sun for my first day in country so I chose to stay home and rest all day on Friday. Saturday was my ‘grocery-shopping-day-of-the-week’ and also the day when a colleague drove me to Kuwait International Airport to pick up my rental car – a GMC Envoy. Then lunch at Applebees in Mangaf.
The first week here in Wonderful Wafra Field (located inside the Partitioned Neutral Zone – a strip of land between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait) has been rather hectic. One pleasant note: Tuesday was DOUGHNUT DAY! A local contractor has a tradition whereby they bring in doughnuts for us office people and we gorge ourselves on all that ‘health food’. The doughnuts have all the basic food ingredients: fat, sugar, carbs ….. but they sure are Mmm-mmm good! The least pleasant note came also on Tuesday. I attempted to pick up my company car but a bureaucrat sniffed and said he needed to see proof of insurance. I replied that since I was a company employee, that should not be necessary. He said it was and without an ‘insurance certificate’, well, there’d be no car for the Traveling Chemist! Frustrated, I returned to the office and employed the help of our capable office admin person who – hopefully – will contact the appropriate people and secure whatever paper the bureaucrat needs and maybe (or “inshallah” as the locals say) I shall have my car by the end of this week. Maybe. Stay tuned. But that’s the way things work over here in the Middle East. Once you solve one problem, the ‘system’ manages to create another roadblock somehow, someway!
For your information, the day time high temps have hovered around 115 – 120 deg F!
Until my next posting ….