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Hi everyone, It’s good to see you. Tatiana, Gabo, and I explored a must-see part of Kuwait City the
 

Unfragile Thyself

October 27 · Issue #18 · View online
Tod Baker's concise reflections on his most recent and interesting experiences, published every sometimes.

Hi everyone,
It’s good to see you.
Tatiana, Gabo, and I explored a must-see part of Kuwait City the other night–Souq Al-Mubarakiya. Below I share some of that experience along with how to get an absentee ballot, my resentment for not haggling over the price of medjool dates, fast food signs in Arabic, a delightful fountain downtown, and very unhealthy air quality.
I’m glad you’re here.
~Tod


Vote 🗳️
We can vote while overseas. And Overseas Vote makes it bit easier. Tatiana and I created an account with Overseas Vote and filled in our U.S. voting registration information. Then, via email, Overseas Vote sent us an absentee ballot request filled out with our required voter registration information. It was even addressed to the proper people in our Hays County district with pre-paid postage. We just had to find a way to physically mail it. Mail in Kuwait, they tell me, is very unreliable. So, we asked a guy on the U.S. military base to send it for us via the U.S. mail. He did and now we are waiting to receive the ballot.
Souq Al-Mubarakiya 🏪
Souq Al-Mubarakiya in downtown Kuwait City is a replica of the souqs of old. My students told me with amazement, “This place today is just like it was when my grandfather was my age.” They said I must see it. So we did the other night.
Streets intersect in Souq Al-Mubarakia.
It’s a great place to haggle over just about any kind of product you can imagine. I was on the lookout for dishdashas and dates. I went home with a ½ kilo of dates and a plan to return to get tailor fit dishdashas for Gabo and me.
Haggling 🤼‍♂️
I wish I had photographed the large medjool dates I purchased at the old souq, but here’s a shot of one I enjoyed with my coffee the next morning.
Dates and coffee make my morning.
Just happy to be buying dates at a market in the Arabian peninsula, I didn’t bother to haggle. I hope I did not insult the vendor. Had Cris been with me, we would have haggled well.
Signs 🍔
Do you recognize these fast food places? (I thought that one on the right went out of business.)
Billboard signs outside the Souq Al-Mubarakiya.
Delightful 🦄
Water shoots into the night sky along this downtown street in Kuwait City.
Leaving Souq Al-Mubarakiya, we walked by this delightful fountain.
Breathe
The air quality in my neighborhood dropped significantly this afternoon.
We’re going to get N95 Respirators for days like this. And whenever the air quality number peaks above 200, we’ll make sure Gabo stays indoors, even if he has to miss school.

Thanks for reading! If you like this newsletter, feel free to share it. Just point people to todbaker.com.
Curious about Kuwait? If so, let me know. I’ll look into it and report my findings here.
Watch your bobber! And remember to vote!
~Tod

🛎️ Next on Unfragile Thyself, the Bakers hand out Halloween candy to expat kids.
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