the desert beautiful

On Friday we left Kuwait city behind and drove southwest down Route 70 towards the Saudi border. There was a sand storm, not a severe one, and the sky was reddish-brown to the east.

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In some places the sand glowed golden in the ethereal light.

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We reached a wide expanse of desert where there were several cars parked haphazardly. We pulled over to see what was there. All-terrain bikes (ATV) were available on hire.

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People were riding them at top speed across the miles of flat sandy desert and up and down gentle slopes. We had a go too. Half an hour of riding at a good speed with no traffic (and certainly no traffic jams of the kind I’m used to in my home town Bangalore) and no kerbstones to set boundaries, was exhilarating. Liberating.

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Kids were amazingly good at handling them! And they were having good, clean fun outdoors too.

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We drove further to what we think is the Al Ahmadi ridge where we saw a family picnicking near their parked car, a common sight in Kuwait.

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There were a couple of people walking on the escarpment, deep in conversation. Nice place to have an interesting conversation actually.

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Some men had ridden the ATVs all the way up the road to the escarpment from the place where they were being hired out.

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We drove back down and took Route 70 towards the border of Saudi Arabia. The storm had driven sand onto the road and it was piled on the hard shoulder.

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It was a great day!

Note: No photo has been edited. This is exactly how the world looked that day.

 

 

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