Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sights and Night Lights

It's been a while since I blogged.
My husband's cousin was here from Jordan for the past week and a half and just left yesterday morning.
His father was my husband's uncle who died in November from prostrate cancer, so there was some personal business to take care of here that took a little longer than expected. 
He and his family left Kuwait during the invasion in 1990 and never returned, so this was his first time back in all those years.
Last Friday we drove around the city showing him different sights he might remember.
Kuwait Towers, of course, are the most recognizable landmark.
We passed by the new cultural center that opened in October -- just days earlier, the roof on one of the buildings was damaged due to a fire caused by welding.
We could see workers there doing the necessary repairs.
That evening, we went to Souk Al Mubarakiya which is the oldest souk in Kuwait.  It was renovated after damage during the Iraqi Invasion.
Right now it is looking very festive in preparation for National and Liberation Days, the 25th and 26th of this month.
That Friday also happened to be the night of the Full Snow Moon.
No snow here ... it was a warm night so we were able to sit outside for dinner.
 Foul ("phool") and falafel from a restaurant that's been around since my husband was a kid.
 Tea and crochet was a nice way to end the day.
Hope all  is well in your corner of the world.

34 comments:

Betsy said...

What a lovely tour. I very much and joyed it. Kuwait is somewhere I've always wanted to visit, I'm but not sure I will ever make it there with our children living so far away from us. Our traveling time seems to be used in visiting family so I really appreciate seeing your world through your eyes.
Blessings,
Betsy

crafty cat corner said...

Your city is so beautiful Tammy, good to have you back.
Briony
x

Terra Hangen said...

I hope your husband's cousin enjoyed the tour, his first visit since 1990 so many changes for him to see. Kuwait has some handsome architecture.

Kit said...

Good to see you! What great photos, I love the pic of the towers. So lovely! I see you left some "love" behind. :) Kit

Createology said...

A bitter sweet visit for your family. I always enjoy being a "tourist" in my own community showing friends and famly who visit. Lovely photos you have shared. We didn't see the full Snow Moon for all the rain and clouds. I love the moon in all its beauty! Happy Hearts to you dear...<3

Quinn said...

When I look at the night sky, I often like to think of that same moon and stars shining over friends in faraway places. And while you were sitting outside, I was having the snow that goes with that particular moon :)
Such colorful pictures - thank you for taking us on a tour, along with your husband's cousin!

Bee Lady said...

Very pretty colors in the city! So nice that you and your husband got to visit with his cousin. Sorry about his loss. My brother was just diagnosed with prostate cancer. It's not too bad right now, but they are keeping an eye on it. Keep up with the hearts Tammy. I'm sure they make a lot of people happy!

Cindy

Pradeepa said...

Kuwait looks gorgeous!

Teresa Kasner said...

I was happy to see your blog pop to the top of my list. I hope his cousin enjoyed seeing his old homeland. I bet it was kind of fun to be a tourist yourself for a while. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

I love your collage of the lights Tammy - it all looks very festive.
I'm not posting as often either - with work pressures for me I'm blogging as time allows!

Mini said...

Lovely pics, I specially like the one with pier/bridge . Where is that?
Im going to play tourist in my own city soon wen my brother visits me.

kathyinozarks said...

Good morning, I always enjoy your photos-and always so colorful

Tanna said...

I loved getting to see more of your city, Tammy. Such beautiful photos. Bittersweet visit for you all, but always good to have time with family. blessings ~ tanna

Susan McQuade said...

Hi Tammy...enjoyed touring the sites with you! May I ask what the plans are for the lovely blue grannie squares?

Mereknits said...

I swear this is the second time I thought I had posted a comment and must not have hit publish. So glad you had a nice time with a relative that has not been home in years. I bet he felt things had changed so much. I am sending you a hug Tammy. Thank you for always posting positive messages.

Poppy said...

Thanks for the wonderful tour of Kuwait. Having visitors always reminds us of the gems of our city!

Poppy

Lisa said...

Not much snow in Virginia this year. It was almost 70 degrees here today, crazy! What beautiful sights you've captured. Crocheting and tea are a great way to start or end any day :)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
That was for sure a quite emotional visit from your husband's cousin.
Oh, I remember too well that Iraq invaded Kuwait, we worked and lived in Indonesia...
That's a long time for not having returned!
Love your photos and for sure you sent him home with some precious memories, old and shared new ones.
How sad that the welding caused a fire on that building. Hope it will look okay in the end.
Sending you hugs,
Mariette

Rostrose said...

Dearest Tammy,
due to the visit of your husband's cousin, I also got to know beautiful and very interesting landmarks of Kuwait! The Souk Al Mubarakiya looks like a fairy-tale castle. But also your photos of the Kuwait Towers, the Jetty and the cultural center are very nice to look at!
Thank you for your comment on my ANL post. It’s good and important that environmentally conscious thinking spreads all over the world. Some tendencies I already notice, but there is still a lot of space ... Your previous post is again wonderful for ANL - would you like to link it there? http://rostrose.blogspot.co.at/2017/02/anl-14-was-sich-im-letzten-jahr-bei-den.html I would be very glad!

Hugs, my dear, Traude

Linda said...

Nice to see and read your update. :)
No snow here either. All is green and growing. Spring is on its way (of course though, in Illinois we know it can be 70 degrees one day and a blizzard the next, but at any rate, we know if any bad weather occurs it will be short lived now). For now, I'm enjoying the present. I took Friday and Monday off for personal days though my husband is off today for President's Day. Pretty stressful as Alzheimers consumes my thoughts and dreams every single day (my Mom). So, I try to have fun in between to take my mind off of it.

Hope you have a great week,
Linda

Helen Philipps said...

Wonderful pictures Tammy.....such a fascinating and beautiful city. I am glad you had a nice visit from your husband's cousin...it must have been amazing for him seeing things he would have remembered so well and other things that had completely changed. Your tea and crochet sounds like the perfect end to the day.
Helen xox

Sam I Am...... said...

We didn't get snow at all this year and it is very warm for this time of year...77 F yesterday. What is a 'souk'? The pictures and decorations are beautiful and what great architecture both old and new!

Maya Kuzman said...

Hi Tammy,
Thank you for taking us out together with you! Loved the pictures!

Jodiebodie said...

Beautiful picture postcards from Kuwait. Thank you for sharing your part of the world today. Beautiful and spectacular architecture - so modern but retaining traditions as well. It must have been an emotional visit for your relative and family.
How lovely to be outdoors to relax on a balmy evening. Enjoy!

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Wow! Your pictures are so amazing! I always feel like I traveled to where you live when I visit, and it is so cool to see a different perspective of that side of the world. My son is back over there near you again for a few months of work.

krishna said...

So many beautiful pictures from Jordan...

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September Violets said...

A nice tour through your city Tammy. I'm sure it was surreal for your husband's cousin to revisit after so many years. Love the use of all the lights in the decorations for your celebrations! Enjoy the rest of your week :)
Wendy

Melanie said...

Thanks for the little tour of Kuwait! I always love seeing photos of your country and learning more about it.

Serena Lewis said...

What an interesting post, Tammy. Lovely pics with beautiful designs and architecture. I'm sure it would have been a bittersweet visit for your hubby's cousin.

Crochet and tea sounds like a perfect way to end the day.

I also want to wish you a very Happy Birthday!! It's the 26th here already but not quite sure if it's there yet so I may be a little early. hehe I hope you have an amazing and very special birthday! Birthday Hugs to you ~ :)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
Wishing you a very happy Birthday!
Hope it is a sunny day too.
We're making the rounds, visiting a friend that needs hospice care (one leg amputation) and another widow that lost her husband suddenly in December. Today we see a dear friend, that is like a younger sister to me.
After breakfast we have some pool time in the sun here in Miami.
Big hugs,
Mariette

handmade by amalia said...

I'm glad I joined the tour, Tammy, always fascinated to see more of this unusual city, such a mix of old and new.
Amalia
xo

Sangeetha said...

Your pics and descriptions are so wonderful, Tammy. I feel I want to visit Kuwait right away :)
Have a lovely weekend.

Admirartem said...

I love travelling around the world. So a special thank to you, Tammy, to make us live again the atmosphere of your place through your post and great pictures. And I really hope to have the opportunity to visit Kuwait in the future!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I absolutely love that shot of the pier...poetic

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