Butterfly Tattoo: Kuwait’s Airport Bride

Kuwait's Airport Bride - Dressed in her wedding gown in Kuwait Airport - by Anika Mikkelson - Miss Maps

Her hair was pulled back in an up-do that clearly took hours; Her makeup was painted into a perfection that easily took just as long. The butterfly tattoo on her right shoulder was exposed, underlined with a white sash below which was a identically colored dress fit for Cinderella herself. She looked like a princess in every way but one: The ring on her finger....


Two months down! To catch you up on October's delights, I've included a little video scrapbook. Maybe you'll find yourself or a friend! After you've checked it out and are convinced to come join, I've decided to prepare you for a visit to Kuwait with a list of things you should know and discoveries you will have on your [...]

The Island is Calling

Exterior of an Abandoned Bank of Failaka Island, Kuwait - by Anika Mikkelson - Miss Maps

One month of school was rewarded with one week’s holiday. In honor of the Islamic holiday Eid al-Adha, the Kuwaiti Government set aside three days to celebrate, and many business topped this by providing employees the entire week off, our school being one of them!         Many students and returning teachers are [...]

The Best Day

Yesterday marked The Best Day Ever for this gal. It started off as a lazy lazy day. By 8:30 Thursday night I had fallen asleep on the couch, something that I’ve tried to ban myself from doing. I woke up a few hours later, sluggishly got ready for bed, and snuggled in for a long [...]

Q8 is Great!

After 30 hours of travel, I landed safely in Kuwait. Much of the time was spent aboard a Qatar Airways cruiser and headed west toward an area of the world I’d never been before. We were each handed blanket and pillow along with a small purse-like bag complete with warm socks, earplugs, an eye cover, toothbrush, and other [...]

Thank You.

The adventure has truly begun. Ten days in, and I’ve tried several times to write something that you might enjoy reading. I want to tell you about the journey here, the school, my apartment, my peers, my students. I want to tell you about the culture shock, the food, the hot hot heat. But before [...]

Flying High

103 pounds all packed up (shhh...don't tell about the extra 3, they let it slide) 😉 Ready to hit the skies! Bonus: Jet Lag doesn't exist in Kuwait! At least I hope not since teaching starts 8 hours after touching ground. In the carry ons: Computer, 2 books to read, 1 math book and 1 [...]