So I managed to get a KD 14 ticket (including tax) from Jazzera Airlines to this country and flew in a couple of days ago. Let’s play a game of where I am. Here we go:
Clue number 1:
Ten minutes after landing I witness a scene that brought a smile to my face 🙂
40-year-old-angry-man #1: Eeey mister. The end of the line is there.
50-year-old -don’t give a damn-man: I was here. Just left for a while.
40-year-old-angry-man #1: How’s that possible? Your flight came after ours.
At least 3 other angry passengers joining in: Yeah, how’s that possible? Get to the back of the line.
50-year-old -don’t give a damn-who is now getting a bit irritated-man: Listen, I said….[insert some angry words here]
30-year-old angry woman talking out loud to herself: Some people have a lot of nerve. They just cut and don’t seem to care.
What you should have concluded: Hmmmmm, so in this country people seem to argue over cutting in line a lot, hmmmmm so which country could it be, hmmm?
Clue number 2:
Me over hearing a conversation between a mother and a daughter
Daughter: That was a bumpy flight
Mom [looking exhausted]: I seriously got very scared. I thought we were going to crash
Daughter: Why don’t you go and sit down, I’ll wait in line
Mom now way too tired to reply
Daughter: mom you don’t look good. Take an anti-stress pill and go and sit over there
Mom: I took the last one on the plane. I don’t have any left.
Four other passengers at the same time: Here you go, I have one
What you should have concluded: Hmmmm, so in this country most people are a walking pharmacy
Clue number 3:
Passport control officer: So is this your first trip to [name of mysterious country you are suppose to guess name of]with this passport.
Passport control officer: So you were born in Kuwait, huh?
Passport control officer: And is your mister from [name of country]? [SIDENOTE: Ok, I’m not sure of the exact translation of the word he used, so let’s just assume ‘mister’ is what he said]
Me: yeah both my parents are from [name of mysterious country you are suppose to guess the name of]
Passport control officer: No, your mister!
Me: My what? Ahhhhhh, [realizing he means husband not father]Actually, I’m single.
Passport control officer: Why? [checks my date of birth] You were born in ???. So it’s time. Even guys your age should get married by now, let alone a woman. [insert another 3 minutes of a well-thought out and well structured lecture and definitely ideas I for one have never heard of before on the social, religious, national, civil, economical and well just humane benefits of marriage.
What you should have concluded: Hmmmmm, so in this country people seem to ask strangers lots of personal questions and seem to love lecturing people, now where could it be, hmmmmmmmmm?
Clue number 4:
In the taxi ride from airport
Me talking to myself: Is he speeding? Ahhhh, who cares, I’ll get home faster…wooooo…how come no one is driving within the lanes…damn that truck is emitting a lot black smoke…wooooo that car got way too close to us!!!!…..wooooo so did this car….damn that was close…woo that car is driving only 1 cm away from us…hey he’s not going to try to squeeze into that little space between the two trucks is he?..aaahhhh…he did…you know what, maybe I should just close my eyes till we get there.
What you should have concluded: Hmmmmmm, so traffic in this country is pretty scary.
Clue number 5:
When we got to my neighborhood
ME talking to myself: Wooooo, where did all this highways come from. They weren’t here last time I visited…and check out the traffic…and the people…and the shops…what happened to all those houses, why are they now apartment blocks?
What you should have concluded: Hmmmmm, so this city is basically unrecognizable if you go away for only a couple of years.
Clue number 6:
Taxi driver listening to the radio about an upcoming election
Taxi driver talking to me…or maybe just out loud: These [insert any foul word here]. Did you know [insert 10 minutes of latest political news with his well-thought out and well structured commentary and definitely ideas that I for one have never heard of on how the current regime has destroyed the country]
What you should have concluded: Hmmmmm, so in this country you will have a political discussion every time you are in a cab.
Clue number 7:
When I tried to log onto my Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr account I saw this:
What you should have concluded: Hmmmmm, so most sites in this country are blocked….oh…wait I think I got the name of the country mirrorpolisher is there now…It’s Iran…how did I guess, well elementary my dear Watson, I used a series of elimination techniques from the 7 clues and cleverly managed to deduce that the only country in the world that it could be is Iran…oh that and that it’s actually written in clue 7.
NOTE: Until 5 minutes ago, blogspot was also blocked, that’s why I couldn’t post anything till now.