Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AWARE Center- Sheikh Sabah Village Visit

A Village in the Middle of the Desert Saturday, February 20, 2016 Departure from AWARE: 9:00 am Expected time of arrival: 10:30 am (the village is about 1½ hour away from AWARE Center) Group exploration: 10:30am – 1:00pm Lunch Buffet: 1:00pm – 2:30pm Individual exploration: 2:30pm – 4:00pm Return Departure: 4:30 pm Fee: KD 10 – Adults KD 5 – Children (age 6 – 12 years) KD 2 – Infants (age 1- 5 years) Free – Infants below the age of 1 (no bus seat) (Fee includes Transport & Lunch Buffet) Kuwait is keen on supporting and strengthening its national heritage. Working on this goal, the Sheikh Sabah Village was established, north of Kuwait in the Salmi Desert. The heritage village was established to promote the Kuwaiti traditions & folklore. The Village houses 6 museums and each museum has arts & heritage presented by each of the 6 states of the Gulf Cooperation Council which highlight the features of popular traditions of each state. The vIllage also includes a man-made lake. The Village also hosts competitions such as: archery, horse, camels, hawks & sheep competitions and popular games. Limited Seats! Registration is through cash payments only! Registration Deadline: Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

20 Feb 2016, 8:30 a.m.

My post about it, these are only my opinions, I encourage you to visit for the experience, being with a group is totally different.

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Avenues Food Market

We stopped by Avenues for the birthday girl and recommended check out the Food Market currently being held in the back part behind Al Forno Italian restaurant. What a nice place! The area is surrounded by waterfalls, plants and trees. There are several different booths offering food, coffee and sweets, a cozy place to take someone.

It was a clean fresh place with a chilled atmosphere, I recommend visiting.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sheikh Sabah Village

We headed out for a road trip the Heritage Village that I really wanted to visit. I thought it might compare to the Global Village in Dubai but sadly it didn't. It was long trip and the weather was so dusty, our luck! We finally arrived to an area in the middle of the desert, it looked like an awesome set up and we had planned on spending the day there.

The Kuwaiti museum included items from Dr. Ashkanani's museum and he was there giving a tour in Arabic which my friends could not understand so we headed off to the other areas. There were museums from the GCC- Oman, KSA, Bahrain, Qatar (which was closed, not cool!) and UAE I assume although I didn't see their museum. 

 I thought there might be different types of food from the GCC exhibits, sadly there were only huge museums with pictures and some items on display. We arrived before 12 pm and a lot of the exhibits were closed and museums were empty of people. I don't know if it was the weather but it seemed really empty and it's not like anyone would want to stay out there when it gets dark. Who wants to head back on that dangerous road at night?

 We headed out for lunch and were met by a few know restaurants, I didn't see anything original and we settled for Hardee's. Most of the restaurants were lacking menu items and it was a mess with them not having change and minimal restaurant set up.

 Omani sweets, my friend's daughter thought they they were cooking up a batch of sheera (sticky stuff used to remove hair) , my friends are awesome.

We were the only Western foreigners there and it didn't feel very welcoming. There weren't any guides or info centers to ask questions. I didn't know there were archery, horse and camel competitions either, it was another good idea that fell short. How is tourism supposed to be a priority when nothing is written in English and expats are not made to feel included? Take a note from UAE and even Qatar, their events are written in both English and Arabic and expats are encouraged to visit.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Heritage Village- Salmi Kuwait

My favorite historian Dr. Hasan Ashkanani has an exhibit in the Heritage Village in Salmi. I am lucky enough to be invited to join him and his group soon in visiting the exhibit, my first trip to Salmi. 

 Recently the Emir viewed his exhibit...awesome!
I hope the weather is warmer, I saw pictures of snow in Salmi. If anyone would like to visit his museum located at his home just let me know.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Old Kuwaiti house in Abu Hasani

I never thought I would come across an old Kuwaiti house in Abu Hasani considering how expensive the land is but I found this beautiful place close to the beach and I can only imagine what it was like when people lived there. The land is huge, enough for 3 houses and it is just open with three old structures and a new modern style chalet being built by the sea.

 I wonder what they had..chickens, goats???

 I love the windows

It would be awesome if they would restore it and use it as a hotel for people who want to see what old Kuwaiti life once was.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Little park in Abu Hasani

I always like to go to areas and drive around to see what I can find. I came across this cute little park next to the beach in Abu Hasani. It was nice and clean, probably because no one knows about it. If you do visit please clean up after yourselves and treat the equipment as if you paid for it so that others can enjoy as well.

I hate to see parks open up with new equipment and after 2 months the whole thing is destroyed by people who think everyone owes them something.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Applebee's raises their Prices

My friend and I had lunch at Applebee's the other day, they have daily lunch specials for 3.500, they hid the lunch menus because they were raising it to 3.750 and had yet to produce the new ones. The waitress handed us the new menus which we all know means new prices. This was the case, they have raised their prices again.

This country is sucking us dry, it's not bad enough the rent is high as hell, school fees are to increase another 5% and there is no increase in salaries, now the restaurants are punishing us as well.