Life in Kuwait: Residency Issues

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One aspect of living in Kuwait that I find amazing is the lackadaisical, everything will work out attitude. The way people drive on the road like there’s a constant emergency you wouldn’t think this is true. In fact, there are times, more times than not, that you will get hit with Inshallah- meaning lord willing or also we will bring Allah in this because it is not my top priority.

Juxtapose with America’s get it done now by any means necessary mentality and you can spend your time being frustrated. When I first got here, my frustration was always simmering underneath, not too far from boiling over. While I may not be a stickler for time I do appreciate that important matters get dealt with immediately. Getting proper documentation usually takes time, but there is allotted time for these things to get done. It also goes without saying that most professionals get the work done in that allotted time. This was not my experience when trying to get my residency.

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Life in Kuwait: The Weekend

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“Yeah yeah it’s the weekend baby, whooo!”

When I heard this on the radio it would make my day. My weekend starts promptly on Thursday’s and ends abruptly on Saturday. It took time to get adjusted to the change and for the longest time I would say Thursday/Friday for the start of the weekend and Sunday/Monday for the start of the week.

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Life in Kuwait: Home

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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.

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Why Kuwait Part 2

In Why Kuwait Part 1 I wrote about my desire to teach abroad. Part 2 will be about how I ultimately made the decision to choose Kuwait.

When I was searching for overseas teaching jobs on Teach Away, everybody was talking about Dubai. I heard that Dubai was like Disneyland for adults. I mention in my other post how I watched videos about what’s it like to live in Dubai. I put my search to rest to get through my first year of teaching. I finished my first year successfully passing all the necessary test. As soon as I started my second year teaching I started my job search again. This time I was sure I would find something. 

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Why Kuwait Part 1

I get asked why I chose Kuwait as a place to teach and the simple answer is because I wanted to teach abroad. I love being in Kuwait and I love my experience, but Kuwait wasn’t my first choice. Here is the story of how I choose Kuwait. I had a lot to say about this so I broke it up into two parts. This part will be about how and why I decided to teach abroad.

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