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Unfragile Thyself

September 2 · Issue #14 · View online
Tod Baker's concise reflections on his most recent and interesting experiences, published every sometimes.

Hi,
I hope all is well.
It’s good to see you. I’m glad you’re here. Welcome Mary and David!
This week American International School Kuwait welcomed students, I tried new coffees, learned (still learning) how to buy groceries, read body language, and enjoyed Turkish tricks.
~Tod


School 🎒
Today, Sunday, is Gabo’s first day of school at American International School Kuwait! Make it a great year, Gabo!
Tatiana, Gabriel, and Tod at AIS Kuwait on Gabo's 1st day in 10th grade. Sun, 2 Sep 2018.
Coffee ☕
When I arrived in Kuwait I had to wait four hours in customs for our dog, Sasha, to be cleared. While waiting, the official, Azizi, shared coffee and dates with me. The coffee, mixed with cardamom, was delicious and paired perfectly with dates. So, now I’m on a quest to learn how to brew that coffee and others. Not much success yet but I’m having fun trying.
L to R: Coffee with cardamom, Caribou coffeee, Turkish coffee, Indian coffee
Groceries 🛒
Shopping for groceries used to be mundane. Now it’s a chore that challenges us to understand prices, labels, locations, availability, and procedures. Still getting the hang of it all but we have learned that in Kuwait, with no arable land, groceries are expensive, about 2 to 3 times more expensive on average than groceries in Austin.
Gabo takes the shopping cart down the escalator at Sultan Center.
Body language 🙆
I can learn about students by reading their body language. To help me get ready for my new students who arrived for their first day of school on Sunday, September 2, I reviewed this article below.
4 secrets to reading body language like an expert:
Turkish tricks 🍦
After a pleasant dinner at an Azerbaijan restaurant the other night, we walked up to a street vendor and ordered Turkish ice cream. Before handing over an ice cream cone, he delighted us with tricks. You can see a small moment of the surprises and laughs I caught on this video (14 s).

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One more thing, what would you like to learn about Kuwait that you cannot learn from Google? Reply here to tell me and I’ll see what I can come up with to share here.
Watch your bobber!
~Tod

🛎️ Next on Unfragile Thyself, Tod learns about the Kuwaiti incentive program for high school students.
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