January 31, 2005

The hunt

Here are some articles about what has been going on here in Kuwait. We feel very safe but there have been quite a few incidents in various suburbs in the last month.

Mubarak al Kabir



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January 27, 2005


In Petra
Supposedly Moses is buried somewhere here
Where Moses saw the Promised Land
Sam looks for Bethlehem




Mosaics at Mt. Nebo
Entrance to Petra
The Treasury from between 100 BC to 200 AD. Carved from sandstone to serve as a tomb.







The Royal Tombs
The Monastery
Somehow Sam got me on a camel










High Place of Sacrifice
Lawrence of Arabia




Our Hotel
Where Lawrence slept in 1917
Wadi Rum




The Desert




Roman Ruins of Jerash




View from hotel in Amman



Sunset over the Dead Sea

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January 25, 2005

Back from Jordan

Other than our flight being delayed for two hours, getting lost on the way down to our hotel, dealing with a hail storm, driving through fog with 10 foot visibility, getting locked in a public restroom and getting a speeding ticket, we had a wonderful time in Jordan. Petra, a city carved into rock, is really amazing. We spent two full days there, here is a picture of me from about halfway through the second day of hiking.

More pictures coming soon

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January 16, 2005

Personal Freedom


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January 14, 2005

Not our best experience with Valet Parking

Unfortunately the valet last night broke our door handle, making it impossible to open the door from the outside. Now they are trying to fix it for us, from the pictures below you can see we don't have a lot of confidence. They just called to tell Sam that since our car is from the US they don't know if they can find the replacement handle here.


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January 13, 2005

Our trip to a Kuwaiti farm

This morning we took a trip out to a farm about an hour outside of the city. It was nice to actually drive somewhere and feel like we got out for a change. Sam came too but you won't see him in the pictures because the men and women were separate. Many Kuwaitis have farms and spend the weekends on them with a constant stream of guests. I think our experience today is probably typical of what would happen at many farms one might go to here. You spend the first couple of hours chatting, drinking tea, eating snacks. Then you have some coffee which means it is just about time to eat. Buffet style eating is very common in our experiences thus far. After a big meal then you go for a walk around the farm. You end the day with some sweets before the drive back to town.


The drive out to the farm - Desert, Oil and of course McDonalds






I was surprised by the variety in produce



Broccoli, Kale, Zuccini, Strawberries, Green Beans, Peppers, Tomatoes



The Animals - I have never seen cows this big, or goats with such floppy ears, but I was most amazed to see Australian Deer





We were given all this organic produce to take home with us!

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January 07, 2005

Downtown Kuwait Skyline


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January 06, 2005

Lesson of the Day


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