Q8Sultana's Blog...

Generally I can be found roaming somewhere in the world. I'm originally from Hungary, I grew up in Kuwait, I did my BA in the States, my MA in the UK, and now work in Hungary, but still return to Kuwait regularly :o)

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Budapest from the roof

I took these pistures from a rooftop balcony in Budapest last week...

Monday, January 30, 2006

Snow!

Well, I've been dragging myself accross Europe again this past week, yet again to Hungary. It was unbelievably cold, sometimes around -15 to -20. Here's some pretty snowy pictures though. My camera had a difficult time focusing though...



Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The truth about Kuwait’s National Day

Everybody knows that Kuwait’s National Day is February 25. But does everyone know why it’s February 25?

Throughout the years I spent in Kuwait I was always told the national day commemorates Kuwait gaining independence from Britain in 1961. But I just read that that’s not the case at all.
Kuwait gained independence from Britain in 1961…but on June 19!

So what’s with the February 25?

On February 25, 1950 Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah became ruler of Kuwait.

“Indeed, Abdallah’s accession day, February 25, is celebrated as Kuwait’s national day because of the pivotal role Abdallah played in bringing Kuwait from poverty and dependence to independence and wealth.”
(Jill Crystal: KUWAIT The Transformation of an Oil State. Page 23)

Did everyone know this already?

Loyalty in Marriage

A woman's husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for severalmonths, yet she had stayed by his bedside every single day.

One day, he motioned for her to come nearer. As she sat by him, he whispered, eyes full of tears,
"You knowwhat? You have been with me all through the bad times.
When I got fired, you were there to support me.
When my business failed, you were there.
When I got shot, you were by my side.
When we lost the house, you stayed right here.
When my health started failing, you were still by my side...
You know what?"

"What dear?" she gently asked, smiling as her heart began tofill with warmth.

"I think you're bad luck, so get the f *c k away from me!!!"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHahahahahahaha... :o)

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

You've been mooned!

Maa Salama Baba Jaber

I have a number of friends and relatives who visit my blog from Hungary and elsewhere, so decided to post some pictures taken by KUNA, BBC and Al-Watan photographers portraying the sadness that swept Kuwait upon hearing the death of the Emir.
The pictures speak for themselves...
Al-Watan:

BBC:


KUNA:

To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return.

The Holy Quran 2:156

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
(1929-2006)

الله يرحمه

Flamingoes

For many years the beach behind Kuwait University used to be the place where ships and boats went to die. There was, however, one good thing among the rubble and decaying metal: flamingoes. Hundreds of the pink birds used to hang out and just do their thing in the stinky shallow waters around the boat corpses.

I drove by the same beach in December, and the shipwrecks are gone and the area cleaned up.
Did the birds return?

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Frozen

Some winter pictures of gloom and cold from Hungary :o)
(first two were taken from the airplane on the way home from Kuwait, at 10am (notice the lack of sunshine and visibility)
last one is just a frozen up artificial pond. I couldn't find any fish, but normally they swim around underneath the ice)



Are you an armrest hogger??

There are two types of human beings: those who hog the armrest on an airplane and those who don’t.
I’m in the latter group. I generally either chose an isle or a window seat on an airplane, so this way I usually manage to secure one armrest. The only time I have both to myself is when I don’t have anyone sitting next to me, or when the person sitting next to me goes to the bathroom or leaves his seat for some reason.
Generally I’m either squished up against the window or half hanging out into the isle. I’ve been told I have a big (1.5 m) aura (don't ask), and I sure hate it when people sit in it, so I prefer to pull away as much as possible.

I wish I could just sit down and hog the armrest and not worry about making the person next to me uncomfortable. The person sitting next to me almost always takes the armrest without thinking twice.

On my flight yesterday the b$%^& (excuse my language) was so unaware of herself that while reading a magazine she poked me in the side with her elbow every time she turned the page. Marie Claire has a lot of pages and that meant a lot of pokes for me, despite my evil look throughout the flight.

Insensitive people really piss me off. They go through life like a bulldozer running over everyone and don’t even notice.

Ignorance is bliss, but only for the ignorant.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak Everyone!

Monday, January 02, 2006

Goodbye...again :o(

I'm leaving once again. Tonight to Hungary, then on to the UK after a week.

Here's a picture of tonight's moon as a goodbye picture :o)