I wish I could say I speak nine and a half languages. If someone were to have me list them out, I would say ‘American, Canadian, Lebanese, Saudi, Kuwaiti, Syrian, Jordanian, Palestinian and some French, Egyptian, and British’. Instead I say that I speak two and a half; English, Arabic and some French. It really confuses me that Arabic-speaking countries, summing up to about 19 all together, have one Arabic language! The 2001 Indian Census states that India has 122 major languages and 1599 other languages. That is a whole lot of languages for a single country. Why the difference? What gives?
Kuwait is not green like other countries. In Kuwait, the summer sun scorches most plants into crisps, and the winter can be cold! It’s a desert, and it doesn’t have the warm brown sand color like the pictures of Dubai. Kuwait’s sand is a light beige. At first glance, you can see it as a dull and unpleasant place to be. But after a while, you start to see Kuwait with vibrant colors. For me, this country brought me my husband and child. If you’re thinking of moving to the Middle East, here are three reasons why Kuwait should be your destination.
There was a time when it was a challenge to get educated. A time when it was only for the elite. A time when a trade was limited to a family and taught from generation to generation. These times are gone. In this day and age, we all must be lifetime learners with the development of online learning.
We now have hundreds of addresses to go to in order to learn something new; some for certificates, some for a sense of pride, some to up our game in life. Thanks to the internet, we can learn to do anything from the comfort of our own homes. There is no excuse not to be a lifetime learner. If you are not signed up for any online class right now, get to it! It is no longer a competitive advantage. Being part of online education is a requirement to advance in your career and life. But with so many options where do you start?
Growing up, I was always an expat kid. My family and I lived in a compound in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. We attended the Saudi Arabian International School, known now as the American International School of Jeddah. And we visited Lebanon and Canada very often. When anyone asked me where I was from, I would say Canadian Lebanese. But I didn’t really know what that meant. Also, I had spent 95% of my life in Saudi Arabia but didn’t share that as my identity. Thus, I am a third culture kid.
After living in Toronto for a number of years, I somehow had anti-freeze develop in my blood. I was able to walk out of the house with shorts and a t-shirt at 8 degrees Celsius, just like everybody else. When my family visited, they were shocked at my endurance, and how I insisted on going out without at least long pants in place of shorts. My argument had me pointing to everyone else outside who was also dressed in summer attire and explaining that I was sick of that dreaded coat. Eight degrees in Toronto, Canada is something to celebrate, especially after a long, cold winter.