The trip!

Leaving on a rainy day was perhaps a good thing as it wasn’t Carolina blue skies I was saying good-bye to, but gray, wet skies.  The flight to Chicago went very smoothly and I found my way to my next gate to wait for four hours.

Lufthansa was lovely to ride from Chicago to Frankfurt and I even managed to sleep a little. In Frankfurt there was a three hour plus wait. I again made my way to the gate, checked to make sure it was the gate and watched some Harry Potter. I expected to see folks beginning to mill about at the gate and when it was 15 minutes from expected take off I decided I better check again. Oops! Wrong gate. So I hightailed it to the right one (just 5 gates down) and dashed on to the plane. There I discovered that many people had met and gotten to know others. Booo! Sorry I missed that. 

The flight from Frankfurt to Kuwait was uneventful and took over 4 hours.  We landed and went to get our visas and passports checked and stamped. Then we moved on to collect our luggage. I got a porter and he got all my suitcases and we gathered with current faculty and staff from ASK (American School of Kuwait).  There were about 40 of us!!! They had hired people to mark our luggage with our apartment number and put it onto trucks to haul to the apartments (about 30-40 minutes away).  They had also hired buses to transport the people! We arrived at our housing and had our luggage upstairs (well, elevator, really) by around 1:30 am.

I have a sofa and love seat with coffee table, 2 end tables, bookshelf and entertainment stand in the living room. Just beside the door is a table and four chairs against the wall. Down the hall and to the right is the bathroom with a big lip at the door, on which I just managed not to stub my toe. Across the hall from the bathroom is a study. It has two wardrobes and a desk. Right next to this room is the bedroom (on the left side of the hall). It has a bureau of drawers, a vanity with mirror, a bedside table and a queen size bed. A new sheet was laid across the bare mattress and a matching pillowcase was on the one pillow, with a matching duvet. Since I brought my own sheets I was happy to put the duvet as a mattress cover (think pillow top) and make it with my sheets. Across the hall from the bedroom is a teeny-tiny kitchen with a small gas range and oven, refrigerator, and small cupboards. At the end of this long hallway is a tiny little laundry room, with a tiny little washer. I haven’t tried it out yet, but think I may try a load tomorrow. 

The work week here is Sunday to Thursday, so tonight is the first night of the weekend.  It has been odd to get used to the times of light and dark. We are closer to the equator than I realized, so we get just about 12 hours of each.

I was going to include photos, but am out of time with this session of wifi. So, until next time!

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cathy Schroeder
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 15:06:17

    It will be fascinating hearing of your adventures & accomplishments Pam! Sounds like your living arrangements will be everything you need! I wish you the very best 🙂


  2. Jena
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 00:51:38

    It’s wonderful to hear about your new place! Sounds very much like Guam (minus the humidity) – tiny kitchen and equal hours of light and dark! Glad to hear you are settling in! When do the kids start?


  3. jane kaman
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 11:04:59

    does a teent tiny kitchen mean that you’ll be eating out? Very glad that all is moving along. this is sort of like camping, where it’s fun to figure out how to do things with limited resources! thanks for posting!


  4. Brenda doyle
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 12:45:30

    Glad to hear that you arrived safely. What subject or grade will you be teaching?
    I am very impressed with your spirit of adventure. Looking forward to your next post.


  5. Sharon Wyman
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 14:11:00

    Sounds more spacious than I might have expected. Glad you have a couple of days to settle in. Do the kids start on Sunday? Have you seen your classroom yet?


  6. Rebecca Bennett
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 13:41:33

    So glad to know you’ve arrived safely and are starting to settle in. I can’t wait to hear about your adventures this year!


  7. Ellen Manning
    Sep 01, 2013 @ 12:57:54

    just had time to log on and read your post. Sounds like everything is going well and can’t wait to read your next post!


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