When we were back in the United States this summer, we had a great time hanging out with friends and family! We were able to reconnect with a lot of people and do a lot of catching up. People were excited to hear about our experiences in Kuwait and to learn more about our lifestyle overseas. Interestingly, most people asked many of the same questions. Thus, I decided to compile a list of what I’m calling, “FAQ’s of the Summer!”
Is Kuwait safe?
Yes, yes, yes, and yes! Kuwait is a very safe country, and I can honestly say that I have never felt unsafe at any time since we have been here. The people here are fabulous, kind, genuine, and sincere. We’ve met some incredible people who have been so welcoming to us. Before we moved to Kuwait last year, I made a promise to Rachel. I told her that if either of us ever felt unsafe, we would immediately board a plane, and leave the country. I reassured her that we are always only one flight away from leaving.
Are you going to have Baby J in Kuwait?
Yes, we are having the baby in Kuwait! Believe it or not, nearly 350,000 babies are born every day, all over the world, and only a small fraction of them are born in the United States. Babies are born in the jungles of South America, in the deserts of Africa, and the 5 star luxury hospital we go to in Kuwait. Our doctor is fabulous, the hospital is excellent, and the care we receive there is top notch. Neither of us have any reservations about having our baby here.
Is Baby J going to be an American even though he is going to be born in Kuwait?
Yes, he will be an American and will have an American passport. The United States is the ONLY country in the world, that gives birthright citizenship. (Meaning that if you are born in the U.S. you automatically become a citizen). Baby J is just going to have a cool birth certificate in life that is called a “Birth Abroad Certificate” indicating that he was born abroad, but still has citizenship in the United States.
When are you going to move back to the United States?
Right now we have no plans on returning to the United States. We are currently in the second year of our two year contract in Kuwait. At the end of the year we can decide to resign another contract here, move to another country, or return to America.
What is your favorite country that you guys have traveled to last year?
Mitch: For me, it was definitely the Maldives! It was such a beautiful and magical place with the best beaches I’ve ever seen! The white sand beaches and the crystal clear water were awesome, and it was such a relaxing place. I highly recommend it!
Rachel: Sri Lanka, I loved the option of being at the beach or in the jungle in such close proximity, and learning more about the people who survived the Tsunami 10 years ago was completely humbling.
Where are you guys going to travel to this year?
So far, we only have two trips planned. For our Holiday Break over Christmas & New Year’s, we are heading to Thailand! We have a nice long winter break so we are looking forward to spending some time at the beaches. My family is also planning on going to Thailand, so it will be fun to meet up with them and spend time together over the holidays.
The other trip that we have planned this year is to Oman. We have a friend who has been living there for about 7 years, so we are excited to go visit him and his family, as well as see the beautiful countryside that Oman has to offer. From what we hear, outdoor enthusiast’s dream location with all of the beautiful mountains and beaches.
We also have a week off for Spring Break, however we haven’t decided yet where we want to go.
This is a brief recap of some of the common questions we received over the summer. Perhaps some of our readers also had similar questions, and if so, hopefully this provides a bit of insight for you.