For a brief period of time, I told myself that I could make it through the last few months of our time in Kuwait without a Hilton membership once it expired. Then I came to my senses, visited the manager to arrange for a pass that would take us through to the summer, paid the ridiculous fee, and breathed a sigh of relief. I also arranged for a pass for Brad’s mom to use while visiting, and I’m so glad I did. It sounds dramatic, but this place is our sanity in what can be a somewhat chaotic country. It’s where we escape the unbearable heat and spend hours in a chilled pool. It’s where we come to use a safe and clean playground. It’s where I come to spend some ‘me time’ walking at night. It feels normal and oftentimes, that’s exactly what we need.