11 September 2007

The Eagle Has Landed

I arrived safely into Kuwait yesterday, I think, after a few brief stopovers in Colorado Springs, Bangor, Maine, and Shannon, Ireland. All total, I spent about 28 hours traveling.

Arriving in Kuwait was an experience. Getting off the plane, I felt like I was stepping onto the surface of the moon - "This was one small step for man, one giant leap backwards for mankind." There is nothing to see for MILES around and it's flatter than Oklahoma. If it weren't for oil, I think this place wouldn't be habited by any humans. After being on the air conditioned airplane for all that time, Kuwait was very different. They said it was 113 degrees when we landed and with the wind blowing, it felt like a hair dryer pointed in my face.

We spent the next 7 hours checking in and getting to our tents (pics to come soon). The sand here is so fine and the wind never stops blowing so you get sand in everything. I've been drinking so much water in the time I've been here that I could've died from overdose except it's dryer here than anywhere else I've been. If you stop drinking water, you are toast.

The base were are on has a huge mix of nationalities stationed here. It makes the dining experience different to say the least. It's a good thing I'm here with a group of people I know. I don't think I could've handled coming alone.


terp330 said...

Glad to know you made it safely. Sounds like a very tough trip. Sorry we missed your call from Maine but glad to hear your voice. Watch out for "camel spiders". Let us know what you may need. Be well.


Mom and Dad

Donald said...

Also glad to hear that you're on the ground safely. Sounds like you went around the world backwards. Operating masks sound like a good idea to keep out the sand. Let us know if we can get you them. Love,
Grandma and Grandpa

rickl38 said...

I handle a company that makes masks, let me know if they would be useful for you and I will add them in your care package when you have a viable address. Glad that you are settling in and that you have people that you know.
Stay safe,
Uncle Rick

Becca said...

missing you already robbo.

keep doing such a good job with the updates

Jonathan said...