Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Kuwait, etc.
I have been working in Kuwait since 2007, before that I went to school here. I am originally from Egypt and have been calling Kuwait my home for quite some time now. In fact, the future Mrs. Mybloogle actually went to the same school I did! Although we met back home, so that is one thing you don’t hear every day!
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
After realizing that blogs are where the best info is available, what is going on and what is happening in the country is expressed in blogs best. I started reading first, then realized that I could do so myself! So here I am.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
I would definitely have to go with the blog entries that were featured in a major local magazine, either for their witty sense of humor or thought provoking power! I love writing about memories and the past, comparing where we have been to where we are going.
Tell us about the ways your new life in Kuwait differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
There is less to do here than back home, but you learn to adapt and enjoy yourself in different ways, in the company of great individuals. Our backgrounds are quite similar, where I was and where I am, integration for me was not a problem, no cultural shock.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Kuwait? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
Yes. I would bring more sun block. The heat is a killer out here! Coupled with the dust storms as of late, a mask would also not be far from my list of requirements!
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
When I was applying for my driver’s license, the officer examining me was yelling some orders at me. What I heard, in my language, meant turn off the car, but it turned out that in the local language, it actually meant TURN ON! So he kept yelling at me to turn on the car, and I responded, it is turned OFF! Suffice to say, I failed that test with flying colors!
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Kuwait?
- Bring lots of sun block – the weather can turn quite harsh at times.
- Do not have any preconceived notions from what people tell you, you get what you put in.
- Know that there are plenty of expats ready to help you and set up parties and stuff.
How is the expat community in Kuwait? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
Not at all. There are forums and other websites that expats can mingle on and get a perfect social life thru.
How would you summarize your expat life in Kuwait in a single, catchy sentence?
Great times are enjoyed in the company of amazing expats, there is more to this desert oasis than meets the eye!