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.