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For the past few days, I’ve been immersed in researching Scotland and its many beautiful sights. It’s gotten to the point where I’m a click away from purchasing a plane ticket to get me there.

I’ve been reading up online about the different cities and I’m still torn between Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow. Ideally, I’d love to include a visit the highlands but I’m not sure if I can find someone to accompany me. It’s tough finding someone who has the same schedule as me and also wants to spend it in the middle of nowhere enjoying the sights.

I’ve realized over time that my idea of a vacation is not shared by my most of my close friends. They prefer the hustle and bustle of cities, where they can shop and dine at the latest “It” places and then return to the country to brag about it. And I just want to relax and spend time away from civilization.

One of the benefits of living in Kuwait is that you can always find someone who has been to the place you’re thinking of visiting. Kuwaitis & the expats who live in Kuwait tend to be a well-traveled bunch. I’ve gotten contacts of people who studied in Scotland to get their opinions on where to go and what to do and see. A friend of mine insisted I visit Edinburgh in August. He said that’s when their Fringe Festival takes place. He loves it so much, he’s been attending for the past few years.

Have you been to Scotland? Where and when should I go? And what should I make an effort to see?

Weekend at the Movies

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I spent most of the weekend publishing and promoting The Enchanted Rose and in my spare time unwinding at the movies.

The two movies I saw were fantastic! I watched The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game. Both are based on true stories. Both are based on brilliant men. Both changed history.

Imitation Game

Of the two, I much preferred The Imitation Game. The casting was superb, the plot exciting, and overall I loved it!

Theory of Everything

I liked the cast in The Theory of Everything, and thought Eddie Redmayne‘s performance was phenomenal, but the plot was alright. I didn’t get as emotionally distraught as I did watching the trailer.

At the crux of the matter, it came down to what kind of struggle I liked to see. The Imitation Game wasn’t focused on his personal internal struggle, but an external force. Internal struggles are well and good, we all love seeing the triumph of the human spirit, but give me Nazis, Voldemort, Darth Vader and I’m a much happier camper.

(But it didn’t hurt that The Imitation Game had a full cast of eye candy. Hello Matthew Goode & Mark Strong! ;))

The Kuwait Bookshops Closing Down?

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The Kuwait Bookshops

I went to Al Muthana Complex today to hunt for some books at The Kuwait Bookshops. It’s been several months since I’ve last been there. I felt compelled to go there today for some reason.

Kuwait Bookstore

When I walked into the store I noticed stacks and stacks of books piled up. Multiple copies of books formed little mountains all over the place. I noticed them because they were in the way & most of them had to do with Kuwait.

Stacks of Kuwait Books

I asked the staff why all the books were out, thinking the answer would be a simple inventory check. But to my surprise, they told me that there was a high chance they were going to shut down. That the likelihood was they were going to shut down unless someone bought the company.

This bummed me out. This is officially the last remaining bookstore from my childhood. The ones I used to visit in Salmiya have already disappeared years ago. This was my last remaining link to my childhood bookworm self.

I know it isn’t the end of the world. There are new bookstores popping up like Q8Bookstore, a used books store at Bayt Lothan. Jarir (forever a newbie to me) is still in Hawalli. That-El-Salasel/W.H. Smith hybrid has several stores around Kuwait in the airport, Avenues Mall, and honestly locations that are more convenient for me. I understand how and why this has happened.

It still makes me sad.

This is the end of an era.

This is the place I was able to buy comics, novels, and research books.

Kuwait Bookshops

Kuwait Bookshops


Kuwait Bookshops

As I stood at the cashier, paying for my selection of books, I asked them for their number so that I could be updated on the situation.

They told me the landline had already been disconnected.

I guess this is goodbye.