Flirting Kuwaiti-style

I am walking home from Kuwait’s newest mall. Just having finished buying cookies for family, friends and colleagues, I discarded the idea of taking a taxi for such a short distance. The weather is wonderful, and even though Kuwait is not exactly a walking country (read: the pavement looks like an obstacle run) I think…

A Good Guy Does Not Have a Nationality?

Friday afternoon at my favorite beach club. I am enjoying the scorching heat of Kuwait’s autumn sun when two young ladies strike up conversation with my companion and myself. They are clearly better prepared for a day at the beach, having only a bottle of water to share between the two of us. Next thing…

Fluent or not Fluent, that is the Question

“I am planning to move to Spain for six months to become fluent in Spanish”. A young lady with inspiring plans posts in a Facebook group I am a member of, asking for recommendations. I can’t help responding that whereas I think immersion in a language is great and super helpful, fluency in just six…

The Real Expat Life

“Your life is so exciting, you travel so much”. I am meeting two of my closest friends over the Christmas break, and they express their envy of some of the things that I am doing. And it is true, you know, I do travel a lot. Last year I went on six trips, and the…

Fernweh or homesickness?

This month marks the two year anniversary of my decision to move to Germany. It was not an easy decision at the time, having job offers from both Hamburg and Kuwait. Right after gradution I did not think that I would end up in the luxurious position of having to choose between jobs, but there I…