[Fall 2013] A Kuwaiti restaurant…in Kuwait

Seriously there aren’t that many. There are just a few Kuwaiti restaurants in the country and a friend of ours helped us find a good one. It’s not too far from our apartment and it was a pretty cool to be able to sit down to a Kuwaiti meal (we’ve tasted Kuwaiti food before at AWARE Center functions, but never a whole meal).

Because we went way back in August I don’t have a lot to say besides it was a great experience! We ate lots of yummy food for cheap and we’d definitely go back. Check out Desert Girl’s post for the low-down on Kuwaiti food & restaurants. We ate at Freej Suwaileh.

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[Fall 2013] A new apartment!

I’m just now realizing the magnitude of how horrible we’ve been at blogging. Wow. I guess that’s what working and teaching (on top of our regular jobs) and taking classes (Masters) and traveling does to you. If you want to keep up with our professional lives, check out our other blogs (Jeff, Lissa, Lissa COETAIL).  If you want to keep up with us on a more daily basis, there’s Facebook and Instagram.

The big news of this year is that we moved up to the 15th floor. We’ve really enjoyed making the apartment feel like home. The views aren’t too bad either! We have given up fast & reliable internet but there are sacrifices for this view…

Our new apartment
Views from the 15th floor

[In case we didn’t share before, here are some pictures from our old apartment: first pictures and a couple months later.]

As I sit writing this, here is my view:

It’s cold! (weather again)

I have a whole list of posts that I’ve been meaning to write. Some of them I’m not even sure what I was going to write about. Shoot. We’ve been bad bloggers!

Last time I wrote about how nice the weather was. That was after it rained. I don’t think I did a good job of sharing how crazy the rain was. Now it’s cold (it’s been in the high 30s and low 40s a couple mornings when I’ve gone running!).

our apartment...at 3pm.

our apartment…at 3pm.

Happy holidays!

We leave for Sri Lanka in exactly 12 hours!! WOO!

This will be the first time in our entire lives that we don’t spend Christmas in Michigan. Weird. But we’re incredibly excited to explore Sri Lanka, celebrate our 5th anniversary and enjoy time on the beach with Patrick & Ashley! Love to all near and far!

xoxo
Merry Christmas!

Christmas 2013

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The weather is gorgeous (now)!

It rained a lot this week. There was some pretty serious flooding in Kuwait. All schools were even closed to students on Wednesday so the schools could clean up. But now the weather is GORGEOUS! The outside of the buildings are just a little cleaner and brighter. The air is clear and we can see for miles from our 15th floor apartment. I’m pretty sure we can even see Iran from our kitchen (my phone doesn’t do it justice!).

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We workout!

Life has been crazy around here. We have lots of things to share…however no time to do so!

In the meantime, we wanted to share some pictures from our gym. Occasionally they have a photographer and occasionally we get into some pictures.

  • Last year I participated in a group ‘personal’ training session. A picture of me made the info page.
  • A few weeks ago I went to the launch of the Gravity Training System. Here is an album that includes some pictures of me.
  • Jeff and I went to the Les Mills release last weekend. We did an hour of Grit. Don’t judge us for how tired we look.
  • You can find all their albums here. We pop up sometimes.

We’re approaching our Kuwait weight and bodies…and working hard to get there!

Our summer in pictures

 

Now that we’re back in the swing of things in Kuwait we want to share our summer adventures! It was an amazingly crazy, awesome summer that we’ll never forget! Besides our major events, we spent lots of time geocaching, drinking, going to Darkhorse, and enjoying the company of friends & family.

June 10-13: Heidelberg

June 15: Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties

June 16-22: Treehouse (week at a lake in northern MI with Lissa’s family)

June 29: Wedding weekend! (my brother got married…let’s just say I was emotional!)
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Wedding day

July 1-8: Boulder, CO
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July 8-12: Jackson, WY
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July 12-16: Seattle, WA
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July 16-19: San Juan Island (we didn’t see any orcas, but we did see lots of bald eagles!)
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July 22-25: Madison, WI
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July : Tigers game (the first time they’ve won a game we’ve been to!)
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August 3-11: Holland camping (with Jeff’s familiy)

August 11: Ward family golf outing (much fun is always had!)

It’s good to be back

It might sound silly….but after 3.5 months of being a minority in the “eastern world,” it’s nice to be back in the west. During the last 36 hours countless people have mistaken us for Germans (including a guy who pulled off the road and asked us a question in German while I was wearing a Notre Dame hoodie). It feels good to blend in for a change!

The weather today progressively improved and now we’re back in the apartment enjoying a beautiful evening!

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We wandered to the castle today and stopped for a beer and pretzel on the way (duh!).

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The views from the castle were pretty spectacular! There were a lot of French tourists…it was fun to hear my favorite language again 🙂

Afterwards we headed to the brewery that our AirBnB host recommended (Kulterbrauerei). We started with sausage, a pretzel with amazing mustard and their house beer.

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We followed it up with the most amazing pork with mushroom sauce I’ve ever had.

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We’re pretty sure someone died while we were at Kulterbrauerei. Seriously. First our server and another woman were standing looking out the alley to the street. Then the observers grew to 5 people. We were quite curious after 10 minutes of this so Jeff went to get up and peek. Our server VERY sternly told him to sit down. But he saw a body being wheeled out on a stretcher. Too bad we don’t read German so we can’t look for the news in the paper tomorrow.

We meandered back to the tram with a pit stop at GelaTo Go. I’ve never had chocolate chili ice cream before…it was spicy enough to make me sweat a little while the ice cream made me cold. Weirdly satisfying!

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After stopping at the grocery store for dinner and breakfast provisions (hello French red wine!), we’re in for the night and are planning to get caught up on Community and Game of Thrones. Luckily it’s already 8:30pm so we’ve managed to stay awake to eat some dinner and see the sunset!

We made it!

We made it…
* through our 4th and 5th years teaching.
* through our 1st year in international educations and in kuwait (with lots of ups and downs).
* to the airport (…I started packing approximately 1.5 hours before we left).
* to Frankfurt (even though the plane a a few too many crying babies).
* to Heidelberg and our apartment (after 2 hours in the rain figuring out how to do so…we’re two for two with AirBnB, no phones and rain!).

Yesterday we relaxed a little at the apartment before heading down to Altstadt for some walking, food (read beer) and tourist info.

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Can you find the Kuwaiti dinar?!

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The weather was nothing like what the weather channel said it would be…

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But we made it work 😉

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We returned to the apartment, fell asleep on the couch at 5pm and woke up in bed at 7am this morning! Guess we needed to relax and rejuvenate a little!

After a short run this morning (outside, green, wet and gorgeous!) and some yummy breakfast, were headed to check out the castle!

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