1- Your hair starts drying in the shower even before you are done showering, with the water being so hot and the air even hotter. It takes forever for your hair to dry in the damp UK weather :p
2- The UK water and my hair DO NOT go along. Period. My hair become a frizzy loofa. Kuwait’s water restores my hair immediately.
3- We have Qaymar, Khobiz Irani, KDD Mango Juice, Cocktail Juice, darabeel, and Liban. They are all not available in the UK -except in specialty shops y3ni-.and I miss them dearly.
4- Pizza Qaysar! I miss it! I also miss our local restaurants: The Burger Hub, Pizzetta, Prime & Toast, The Cocoa Room, Lenotre, The Chocolate Bar, Cafe Bazza! Truly miss them! Why won’t they open in the UK? Cilantro did!
5- Believe it or not I miss Cinescape. Its just the collection of movies in Kuwait is better than the ones in the UK and movies tend to open up in Kuwait before the UK for some reason. Not happy about the crowds, screaming babies, burnt popcorn, and the censorship though.
6- I miss the independence of having my very own car and not having to share it with anyone. I miss my long drives with my own songs blaring.
7- I miss the smell of Bukhoor. Even though I have my own bukhoor kit that goes wherever I go but I am always too afraid of lighting up bukhoor and having the smoke of incense set of the Smoke detector. I’ve been told several times that its OK but I still am too chicken to light bukhoor. Mali kholg loya.
8- I miss how normal daily stuff we need and require are I normally priced in Kuwait. Gasoline, Soft Drinks, Groceries, Fruits, Sandwiches, etc. Also that we have no taxes and how we have free dental facilities especially for emergencies.
9- I miss the sound of prayers Athan, especially when its maghrib time and if the mo2athen had a beautiful voice, so serene! Its just different when you hear the athan and you get up to pray than when a clock ticks and you know its time for athan.
10- Sometime, not always but sometimes, especially when I’ve been gone for over a month, I miss the Arabic language and Kuwaiti accent: Arabic news, Arabic TV, Arabic radio, hearing Arabic chatter here and there.
See, there is a silver lining in returning back home even if its hotter and less fun :p What do you miss most about Kuwait when you are abroad?