Ramadan Kareem is similar to Christmas for Muslims. Minus the Santa Clause, celebrating Jesus’s birth, and giving gifts. Okay, maybe it’s nothing like Christmas, but it relates to Christmas because it is a time when people spend time with their families, give to the poor, and try to be a better person. The purpose is to fast for 30 days as an expression of their devotion to Allah. They fast from sun up to sun down. So depending on where you are in the world hours that you are fasting can be longer or shorter.
A few weeks ago I started a series titled Life in Kuwait where I talk about different aspects of living in Kuwait. Living here has really opened my eyes to Kuwaiti culture and has really challenged my perspective. I will still share stories about my life in Kuwait, but soon I will be returning to the other side of the world for summer break. That’s just the perks of being a teacher, not bragging, but I am happy. Because of this, I will have a new topic I will write about titled Life Hacks. Aside from my summer excursions, I will share insights I gain that helped me grow.
I have been in Kuwait for about a year and a half and it took me this long to consider it home. It took me a while to get adjusted to life in Kuwait in general, but I’m now starting to realize that this is where I live. One of the biggest changes I made from last year was moving into the apartment I’m in now. My old apartment didn’t feel like home because I didn’t take the time to make it a home. I made very little changes to my old apartment. I figured it was only temporary so there was not a point in personalizing it.