The weather has been fantastic over the past few days. I’ve been a little too busy to step out and use this time of year to its full. Yesterday, I was in the city and I had my small camera with me. I took the coastal route to Shuwaikh – and stopped at one of my favourite photo locations: Shuwaikh Beach. It offers a wonderful vantage point, and the algae lines provide an interesting lead into the scene.
Not a bad result, really, for a small camera… Have a look at the larger version. The Canon G11 must be the best point-and-shoot out there.
As we move from autumn into winter, Kuwait got a much-needed wash yesterday. Yes we had some rain since early November, but it was more falling-mud than water droplets. Yesterday was different… it cleaned everything including the air. The horizon at sea was razor sharp.
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Many Kuwaitis, most I hope, want to see change. Positive change. The elections next month are fast gaining the feel of now-or-never. I feel optimistic this time. I hope the next parliament and new government work to bring this beautiful country back to the forefront.
On my travels, I capture the old and the new – and quite often I capture change. It occured to me today that apart from my Mangaf blog, I don’t look closer to home.Kuwait City is going through a massive change. The skyline changes by the week and I haven’t posted enough about it.
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Whilst I was unable to go around Jeddah, being here did bring back memories of my previous trips. The thing I remember most is the intriguing architecture. Older buildings here are like nowhere else. They have their own character. Even the ugly buildings seem to have a soul. I remember walking around an old market (Souq Al Alawi) and missing most of the shops as I gazed above them at the old windows and balconies.
The modern Jeddah is of course just as impressive. The interesting architecture theme seems to creep into the new; and the Corniche by the Red Sea offers beautiful views of the city sky line at different points. I stayed at a hotel in North Jeddah and the beach area is nicely presented with children play-areas, little cafes and long landscaped walkways. There is also an impressive long pier into the water that splits into three ends.
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Even though I don’t spend much time here, I feel at home in Bahrain. The people are lovely and the place is really well manicured. I always notice the attention to detail that places like Muscat and Dubai place on their appearance – something we definately need to work on in Kuwait – and Bahrain is great at it. Beautiful landscaping and lots of care for older buildings.
I have many Bahraini friends and I manage to meet some of them during my visits. This time is even more special. I received an email from an old classmate in the UK, who tells me he had relocated to Bahrain with his family a few months ago. I’m reading this email as I’m checking in at the hotel in Manama. He had seen many cars with Kuwaiti number plates and wondered if I ever visited. I haven’t seen him for four years, so imagine the surprise when I called him – minutes after he sent the email – telling him I’m actually in Bahrain today! We will have lunch in an hour.
The buildings in the picture are my new favourite modern building in the whole Gulf. Previously the top of the list was the tower in Dubai on Sh Zayed Road.
Back in May, I read a post by Mahmoud Al Yousef about Bahrain being ranked number 8 sin city in the world! Mahmoud doesn’t blog any more, but this is a link to the post.
I can’t help imagining these twin buildings as the horns of the devil…
The weather must be the most talked about subject in polite conversation and small talk, but what we’ve had for the past few days should be headline news… worldwide.
From the dusty unbearably hot days, to the ridiculously humid, we are now experiencing what in my book is perfect weather. Bright days and pleasant evenings – what more do we want? This beautiful blue sky was captured yesterday.
Last night was 24°c and I had to wear a long-sleeved top! My Danish and English friends will probably want to kill me when they see me next.
Heavy rain expected tomorrow.