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Janet E
Kuwait
the Kuwaiti life of an Australian family
Interests: singing, politics, wrestling, communities, ukulele
Recent Activity
For the past few months I've been rehearsing 'Semele' by Handel with the Ahmadi Singers, a big, mainly expat choir directed by a charming and funny New Yorker called Richard Bushman. He and his English wife Harriet have been living in Kuwait for many years, and are completely well connected,... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2012 at The Art of Living in Kuwait
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If you go to the malls in Kuwait you can see hundreds of perfume shops. Perfume is a big deal here, as it is in the wider Arab world, and people take it very seriously. Perfumes began to be made in ancient Egypt, and refined by the Romans and the... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2012 at The Art of Living in Kuwait
My favourite music at the moment is anything by the famous Indian composer A R Rahman. I've been listening to songs from a movie called Jodhaa Akbar on my morning walks. This song is from the movie. There is more info about AR Rahman at the end of this blog.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 at The Art of Living in Kuwait
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I could almost write a completely new blog about Paris. Even though it is not part of the art of living in Kuwait, it is definitely one of the benefits of living in Kuwait, especially for us antipodeans for whom just getting out of our own country is a pretty... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at The Art of Living in Kuwait
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Out near Avenues Mall, next to Lulu's hypermart, off the 5th ring road, you can find open air and covered markets each day of the week. You can buy massive acrylic carpets, modern furniture, tools, diwaniya sets, all kinds of clothing and hardware. But on Fridays, the market expands as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at The Art of Living in Kuwait
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Australia part 2 – BYRON BAY By Janet Swain I have already written about Sydney, my hometown. The next place that is close to my heart is Byron Bay, situated on the far north coast of NSW, about 12 hours drive north of Sydney. Pretty much anyone who is into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2012 at The Art of Living in Kuwait
I have started writing a series about Australia for EEK! - the online expat magazine in Kuwait. I'm adding here to the blog for anyone interested in visiting my country. The Australia Series a short tour of some of my favourite places. Part 1. SYDNEY Sydney is my city –... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2012 at The Art of Living in Kuwait
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Neighbour Lisa's bookshelf arrived today, and it is a beauty! I was accused of being 'kiasu' (nosy and wanting to be the only one to have the best things - a Singaporean expression and national trait) as I saw the truck making the delivery, and I couldn't resist racing downstairs... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at The Art of Living in Kuwait
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This day would have to rate as one of the strangest, most surreal days I've had.... ever. Before I go on, I am warning my beautiful hippy peace loving friends in Australia that you may not approve of the following story. Let me start at the beginning. We were invited... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2012 at The Art of Living in Kuwait
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Kuwait is historically a fishing, trading and pearl culture. As far as I can work out, there were the fisherman, pearl divers, traders and the bedouin in the desert, and Kuwaitis can trace their families way back to one of these lines. So for a lot of Kuwaitis, fishing and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2012 at The Art of Living in Kuwait
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In Singapore, I spent several Saturdays at Expat Auctions, which is a wonderful place to buy furniture. We bought several pieces of furniture, some unique, others just practical. There is nothing like that here in Kuwait - not that I've found anyway. If you're looking for second hand furniture, people... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at The Art of Living in Kuwait
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Feb 25, 2012
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Since I returned to Kuwait, we've been debating whether we should move house. No surprises to my friends and family - we have moved so many times in the 10 years we've been married, and even before that I never stayed in one plae for too long. I put it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at The Art of Living in Kuwait
Welcome to my new blog! Some of you followed my first blog project, which documented the first 90 days of our life in Kuwait - the ups and particularly the downs. It was a difficult time for me, and a massive adjustment after 3 years in Singapore. I havent figured... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at The Art of Living in Kuwait
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