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PostRandom Acts of Kindness: Kuwait (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 12/11/17 8:59 am)
I appreciated the post of Tor Guimaraes, 10 December, with his tale of random generosity.
I had many very good experiences when working in the Arabian/Persian Gulf. Hospitality, at least 50 years ago, was imperative for the peoples of the region. I learned not only of hospitality but also the paramount importance of keeping one's word among the Bedouins. Some years ago on WAIS, I wrote about selling my car covered with flowers painted by my wife.
By the way, my Eritrean skipper was practically an older brother to me.
Anyway when I had to go to the Kuwait Motor Vehicle office for the confirmation of the sale, I went to the wrong office.
An unknown local gentleman nearby offered to accompany me to the right place with his car. We went and he carried out all the bureaucratic paperwork, paid the fee, offered me a Coca-Cola, then he brought me to my car. He did not want any compensation, but said it had been a pleasure to meet me.
I found the Palestinians living there also extremely friendly and ready to help foreigners. The only problem with them was when they invited me to dinner on the last day of Ramadan they offered me their very best delicacy: a goat's eye.
It is sad that such a wonderful atmosphere has been ruined due to overzealous Zionists and Westerners.
JE comments: A couple of years ago, Eugenio wrote about his flowery Morris Minor, c. 1967-'68: the perfect ride for the Summer of Love. Too bad--alas, alack, drats--there is no surviving photograph.
WAIS QoD (Question of the Day): Would you eat a goat's eye to please your hosts? I'm about 75% sure I could. But would it be rude to ask for a side of Ranch dressing?