I stumbled upon this photo when I was looking through my archives tonight. This was taken after a sandstorm in Kuwait. This was the sight in the floor at work. Pretty normal during those days. Our office janitor would just shrug his shoulder and say : Alhamdullilah!
After sandstorm which could last for days, I just stare at the traces all around me. The palm trees are soaked in dust, the windows, and the cars! Everything is drenched in dust, you can smell the pungent dust everywhere.If you notice the architecture in Kuwait, the buildings and facade are normally painted with shades close to this–Beige, rust, or somewhat close to 1011 (Brown beige) or 1015 ( Light Ivory).
The other day, I was cleaning our roller shutters and windows and this thought made me smile. Here in Germany, almost all windows are white, painted with 9010 ( Pure white) and you can see tons of cleaning products in the grocery shops. I was thinking that if it’s so dirty in Kuwait because of frequent sandstorms then why I only see Dettol ?
Maybe they realize that its useless to wipe out & clean when in the following morning its gonna be dusty again.It makes sense.
I wrote before how Sandstorm happens in Kuwait and my experience of it. It’s a typical scenario and not surprising anymore for me. I guess when you live with it for years and years, it becomes normal to you. One of the things that will happen to you when you move to Kuwait is that you will never wear clean shoes anymore. The soles of your shoes will always be dusty. There is dust in the pavement, in the road, almost everywhere. Flip flops? Oh forget it, it won’t work while you walk in the streets because your feet will only look like ginger soak in muddy puddles. If you stay in your car and never get out or walk, then you’re good.
After the sandstorm, we clean, we dust off and move on. That’s how life goes on.
5 thoughts on “After the Sandstorm”
Did you ever get sand in your eyes? Or mouth?
My eyes get watery & I have migraine when it’s dusty for days…later on I sort of got used to it.It’s more of like a particulates suspended in the air…If its humid,you don’t feel any dust,but you know its there.You see how dusty you got when you took a shower.:-(
When it’s windy then it’s not good to be out.We wear masks.
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Not fun!!!! I got caught in a sandstorm once while travelling in Egypt while we were at the Libyan desert. Yikes.