Thursday, January 05, 2006
Marina Mall and crescent
Since the last post was about The Chocolate Bar in Marina crescent I thought I'd post a couple of photos of it. The truth is I haven't had much time to blog and I haven't the energy to write much about it! To be brief, I thought when this mall first opened, it was wonderful - so modern and fresh, unlike anything else in Kuwait. I picked up a free magazine there a couple of days ago and was surprised by how many articles there were confirming my views. It has changed how Kuwaitis and ex-pats see the country. Walk along the newly paved corniche and you will see families picnicing, playing games, rollerblading, walking dogs and all sorts of activities that they didn't have a (nice) space for before. The mall has lots of small cafes where people meet, the shops are actually open all day (some malls still close from 1pm till 5) and they are shops you actually want to shop in! The crescent overlooks the marina and could be Dubai or Monaco - well maybe a slight exaggeration! - but it is lovely to look out on as you sip a hot chocolate! As we were walking there this week, the thought occured to me that we might be mad to leave but also I think I'm lucky to have witnessed this change. The whole country heaved a collective sigh of relief in February when some terrorists were rounded up. There were about 5 shoot-outs in various places close to us and many ex-pats were ready to leave depending on how this turned out. Everything went calm and I think it confirmed what many thought, that Kuwait is a safe place to live, and life is going to be a lot better from now on.
The wonders of technology! I can take 3 photos and the genie in my machine can put them together like this. Wish it could take my words and change them into literature!