Sunday, December 04, 2005
More water dispensers
I'm beginning to wonder just how many different designs there are! When I saw the Liberation Tower I knew there had to be a mini Kuwait Tower somewhere!
I'm not entirely certain what this is but I found it in a supermarket car park opposite a mosque. Perhaps it is a mini mosque?
This one is obvious, plenty of these around Kuwait.
This one is outside someone's house. I think it's quite pretty with those flowers. Unlike Dubai there aren't so many decorative gardens here. In fact, many of the huge houses have very little space between them (sometimes only a matter of a few feet) so gardens don't seem to be considered important. Likewise, I've rarely seen people sitting on their balconies although every house has them.
This was within the boundaries of a house so I asked permission to take this (I'm not quite sure but the owner looked as if he was having his shoes polished in the garden!)
I had a double take when I first saw this one. It's just down the road from us and I pass it every day but it's partially hidden behind the tree. It's a well, with the bucket just visible through the branches.
And a shiny new jug. Again a common one but not normally in such good condition!
Nita asked me to write more about who uses these and how are they filled. Actually, I'm not too sure, I can only tell you what I see! I've never seen a Kuwaiti use one, they are usually used by the many construction workers, road workers, street sweepers etc. Basically, like Dubai, Kuwait relies on cheap labour from counties like India and Bangladesh and these men will spend many hours outdoors working in the sweltering heat. They are usually dropped off in lorries and buses early in the morning and collected again during the day or evening. In Dubai we would see them sleeping off their lunch on the little patch of grass outside our complex. They would carry small metal containers of food and gather together for lunch. Occasionally they would knock on the door if they ran out of water. (I can't remember seeing any water dispensers there, but I can't say I looked either).
Mark tells me he has seen the water tanks being replaced. Maybe that is why some of them are locked up, to prevent the bottles being taken?
Nita is the lovely lady who encouraged me to blog and I'm sure I wouldn't have given these dispensers a thought if I hadn't been looking for photos to take. We've lived in Kuwait for nearly five years and I'm so glad I've started blogging before we leave (whenever that may be) as it has really opened my eyes! Last week I took a detour to a place I know has a street of very old buildings - an example of how Kuwaitis used to live - but found it had recently been bulldozed. Kuwait is rapidly changing but I hadn't realized just how fast until then.