[by Dave] I was sent to Kuwait to repatriate an American IT contractor from an Orthopedic Hospital in Kuwait City to Killins, Texas. Great timing for me to get heat acclimatized and get some hot runs in before going to the World Triathlon Long Course Championships in Las Vegas. The five day trip took eight days as nothing is efficient. Simon, a paramedic was with me for this trip. Simon is an Olympian from the British Field Hockey team.
The above pic is when I started a run before daybreak, and that point is my turnaround about an hour in. I was hot.
Kuwait city has a hospital called ‘The car crash hospital’ as the drivers suck, drive too fast, reckless, and as a foreigner I’m definitely a second class citizen. I waited for all lights.
They have way too much money here.
After a hot run, or bike in the air conditioned gym, I would swim laps around the hotel pool.
There was work to do every day and also down time. This place is the Mubarica Market. I bought my daughter a Gucci watch for about $11.00
I always wanted an arabic outfit!
This guy is a Kuwaiti who came to Canada for eight years to become a medical doctor at Dalhousie University. He was also working for the insurance company to help us get the permits and paperwork done. He took us out to authentic Kuwaiti food lunch. Here I had lamb and rice, very yummy.
Since Kuwait law is Koran based, alcohol is illegal. Simon and I tried the local custom of smoking a water bomb, or whatever it is called. We passed on the hashish and opium and instead smoked grape flavoured water. Probably not the best way to prepare for a world championships a week away…
Since KLM cancelled our tickets as our patient weighed 320 lbs and their stretcher could not handle him we flew with Air Emirates instead. The stretcher was fitted over six economy seats and cost$33,000.00 for the patient alone. Awesome airline. We flew to Dubai and changed planes. The above pic was taken through the rear open door. Then 16 hours to Texas.