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... on when we were there so, you guessed it, no tour for us. We did get lots of photos of the outside though.
The second smaller vessel on site was the Mohammedi ll, a Boom (a class of dhow). It was built in 1979 in India using authentic drawings of Mohammedi l, the largest Boom ever built at the time (1915). It was made completely of teak wood and copper. The hand carvings and detail work are impressive. It actually crossed the ocean (towed by a ...
... wasn't terribly bad but definitely quickly weeded out the unfit ones like me. Anyway, as they say this was a challenge not a race and I'm glad I did it even though I had to walk some sections. I'm glad I've been involved in races before and plenty of long bike rides so I used this experience to manage the urge to burn all my energy at the start by going fast.
The most memorable bit really was the obstacle course. This started ...
... set up and run by locals. (Beware though, they've recently gotten into bed with AusAID (Australia's foreing aid body)). It's a wonderful thing to do from my perspective as it allows the process of aid to be guided by local expertise and awareness of need. It also first and foremost supports and acknowledges the human agency of the people one is supporting. It makes the support(ing organisation) secondary ...
We were at checkpoint 5 or so. It was dinner time. I had blisters. I wasn't crazy with pain, just aware of the start of something. Got taped up and on we went.
We were going up a hill. It was dark, maybe 11.30pm. The wind suddenly picked up and blew the trees like they were grass. It whistled up the valley, pushing like a wave. We were there, in the dark, walking as a team. Silent, together. The walk had begun.
... lines. I have arrived in the largest mall in Kuwait. The avenues the first thing that greats me. Shake Shack. We can't even get those in New Jersey!
As of now the only thing that is different from the states in the Mall is that the stores are over-lit and the locals garb.
I'm going to be honest I feel as if I'm stuck in my churches Christmas pageant.