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Unfragile Thyself

August 24 · Issue #13 · View online
Tod Baker's concise reflections on his most interesting experiences from the week that has passed.

Hi,
I hope all is well.
It’s good to see you. I’m glad you’re here.
I am living in Kuwait! While here I want to share with you my view, experiences, and attempts to make the best out of them. Cognitively, I’m still functioning like a drunk but it’s due to jet lag. (You know, alcohol is not legal or permissible in Kuwait.) With that in mind, here are some experiences from the last six days.
~Tod

Amsterdam 🌷
We arrived in Amsterdam on the morning of August 18th. Finally! Europe! It was my first time.
Gabo finishes his churros on a bridge over a canal in Amsterdam.
Thanks to Tatiana’s ambition and curiosity, we dropped off our carry-on luggage at Schiphol Airport storage, bought a train ticket to Central Station, and 15 minutes later stepped out into the Amsterdam morning. Even at 9am this city is an interesting place to walk around. As it wakes up, you can see the dregs from last night and the beginnings of a new day. We found our breakfast around the corner from the Catholic church, not far from Sexmuseum and Body Worlds, where we enjoyed delicious omelettes at Omelegg. Then we took a train back to the airport to fly to Kuwait.
Kuwait heat 🧖‍♂️
We stepped off the plane in Kuwait around 9pm on August 18th. A team from AIS greeted us with big smiles, envelopes of Kuwaiti dinar, and a ride to our new home.
Our livingroom window gives us this view.
I’m sure I will have many wonderful things to say about Kuwait, but for now, while I’m still shaking off the jet lag, learning to settle in, and battling a head cold, I want to mention the weather. Today the temperature will rise from 93F to 111F. And that’s the forecast, more or less, for the next seven days. But it’s not just hot. It’s more than that. The sunshine is sizzling hot. The air is oven hot. And the wind is not a relief from this heat. It’s hot, too. When I walk down the street a thick, heavy, heat wraps around my body like a boa. It’s both amazing and threatening.
Walk to work 🚶‍
Our walk to work takes five minutes. You can join Tatiana and me on our walk to work in this video.
Talk to yourself 🗣️
Being the displaced expat illiterate immigrant that I am now, I’ll need some effective self-talk if I’m going to thrive in Kuwait. I’m going to use the tips in Pinkcast 2.2: This is how to talk to yourself.
Transition teams 😁
The transition teams at American International School Kuwait have been welcoming, helpful, and working very hard to make sure we settle into our new city, home, and workplace comfortably. They have been wonderful. I am grateful to be here with them.

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Thanks for reading.
Watch your bobber!
~Tod

🛎️ Next on Unfragile Thyself, Tod and Tatiana prepare their classrooms for students and Gabo registers for 10th grade.
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