Friday, February 25, 2005

Kuwait National Day

What a day. Me an Nataly spent most of the morning cleaning (well she did the cleaning I watched tv), then at around 3 o'clock we went out for lunch. It was raining outside and I was pretty disappointed because I was hoping to see people on the streets celebrating national day. We had lunch at Chillis and finished around 4 O'Clock and headed back home. The road was pretty packed as in it was not moving at all. I realized that although it was raining people were still gonna celebrate national day. So I exited the Gulf Road, took the Istiqlal highway and headed home quickly. Me and Nataly geared up in our semi-weather proof clothing and our Timberland boots and headed by foot towards the Gulf Road with our cameras. It was 4:30 by now and Nibaq was supposed to join us but he chickened out because of the rain. LOSER! So we get to the Gulf Road and then walk north towards Shaab Park. From last years experience I know there are only a handful of major spray zones on the Gulf Road, one of them was the area next to Shaab Park. So we walk towards it and its raining like crazy. We get near Shaab Park and the streets packed with cars decorated with flags and people honking and yelling out their windows. On the side of the road you also had tons of people ranging from families to groups of kids to teens and adults. Every kind of demographic was just hanging out on the side of the road waiting for cars to pass by and then spray them with foam. It was crazy, I mean its fucking raining and no one cared, infact they seemed to enjoy it. Its wonderful watching people having so much fun. We hung out there for awhile and then I told Nataly we should pass by the #1 spray zone which is the Sultan Center area. Thats where all the action takes place and for good reason. 1) you have a lot of parking space for people to park their cars and 2) you have a nearly unlimited supply of foam cans available at Sultan Center for only 220fils. This makes the street next to Sultan the place to be. So we start walking south towards Sultan and get there around 6PM but to my surprise the streets empty. I was disappointed. The rain had fallen to a drizzle now and we just stood there for a few minutes while I tried to figure out why the place was so abandoned. Nataly also looked disappointed, I mean we walked this far and nothing was here. I look further down the road and I spot what seems to be some kind of traffic. So we head towards the Scientific Center and I was right there was traffic but nothing major at all. So we decide to turn around and head back. By the time we got to Sultan Center now, things were COMPLETELY different! The area was packed and loaded with cars. The kids with foam cans were all over the place. It was crazy, 30 minutes ago nothing and now foam everywhere, people dancing on the streets, it was incredible. And the kids with foam cans, they are unbelievable. Not only do you have to make sure when you pass them your windows are closed, but you also got to make sure your doors are locked. Every car that passed by them they would try to open the doors and spray the people inside. These kids know what they are doing. I saw one car slow down and one of the kids went and opened the door, suddenly there were around 10 other kids with him spraying everyone and everything inside the car. Unbelievable site. Anyway we got back home around 8ish and were completely soaking wet. We had spent over 3 hours walking mostly in the rain but this was a once a year thing and something that no one should miss. No where else would you ever see this. I love it.
Click here for pictures from today


Blogger Ziena said...

aaaaaaaaaah thanx for a fantastic set of pic!! u have not missed one spot of action.. may the lord bless kuwait and all ahalha.. thanx again

1:48 AM, February 26, 2005  
Blogger BusyNow said...

I think on saturday the weather will be great
Nice pics , i did not go today and you give a chance to see what happened.
on liberation day i will be there

3:10 AM, February 26, 2005  
Blogger Gigi said...

Hi mark!
I've been a silent follower of your blog up until now, but I just had to say that I love this post so much I'm going to add a link to it on my National Day post, if you don't mind :D

I love how you simply got into the spirit of things and didn't turn it into yet another critical assessment of how everything in this country sucks (not saying that you were every guilty of this).

Also, thanks for the pics. I also had chickened out from going anywhere due to the rain but I felt like I was right there with you guys :) I'm just surprised you didn't get your camera soaked by foam!

Gigi, approvingly

12:31 PM, February 26, 2005  
Blogger Not_Without_My_Heels said...

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !

It's so much more fun through your eyes.. and what great exercise!

Out of curiousity, did you guys get "foamed" ?

1:01 PM, February 26, 2005  
Blogger Mark said...

thanks people for the comments.

yes we got foamed a couple of times but nothing major. everyone was very nice and some even asked us if we wanted to get sprayed or no. a few kids even gave us some spray cans for us. i actually saw a lot of that. some guys would spray another car. then when they realize the other car didnt have any spray cans they would throw them some so they could also join the fun. very cool people.

10:11 PM, February 26, 2005  

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