Tuesday, 22 October 2013

That moment when you realize that you really are in another part of the world...

Kuwait has so many street cats, maybe as many cats as people. Most of the cats you see hiding under parked cars or meowing from rooftops are feral and it's impossible to pet them, let alone pick them up. Even if you wanted to adopt one of these cats, you couldn't. They're not meant to be domesticated.

And then you happen upon some poor wretched cat that is not feral, just living in the street, very friendly and (dare I say) cuddly, begging you for some food. Here is a beautiful Persian cat that lives just outside our house. She's one of these cats.

Something happened to her tail. I don't want to know what it was. It's too painful to think about and I can't stand to look at it. It has puss coming out of it sometimes, and today I finally couldn't take it anymore and I took her to the vet to get her treated with antibiotics.

And here was my Kuwait moment - my moment when I thought to myself, "This part of the world really is very different from the place where I grew up". I arrived at the veterinary clinic, I took a number, I sat down with the cat in her cage (yes, I know, poor kitty) and here is what I saw:

Yes, that's a bunch of Arab men holding falcons. They traditionally use falcons for hunting, although I'm not sure that these men do. They might just keep a falcon as a pet. It was a bizarre scene - me with my stray cat and eight men that look like they're wearing pyjamas holding a falcon on their finger.

I think I'll send the photos to National Geographic.


Catherine said...

Hi there, sorry for posting on your blog but I could not find an email address to message you privately. I'm the editor of Expat Arrivals; we're currently developing an expat guide to Kuwait. It would be great to have you share your insights about expat life in Kuwait. Any chance you'd do an interview with me about your experiences there? If you're keen to participate or would like to learn more about our site, please contact me at catherine@expatarrivals.com

rola abi kamel said...

Hi I noticed that you've been in Kuwait for a while and you know so much about it. I'm new I'm this country and so worried about my child education. Please can you advise me which nursery is good in Kuwait?

The Globetrotter Parent said...

Hello Rola,
There are so many nurseries and preschools in Kuwait. A good place to get recommendations is the forum on Expat Mums in Kuwait. You can sign up for it here: https://www.bigtent.com/groups/expatmumskwi

My son went to Gulf Montessori in Salwa and we were pleased with the school.

rola abi kamel said...

Thank you :) love your posts