These pictures I took within our final two days in Qatar. They really are for Michael and I to remember what our life looked like inside the walls of our compound and its surrounding area.
I’ll start this with our Villa! Villa #152!
Noah!!! I’m going to miss Noah!! He was our cleaner and villa/pet sitter when we traveled! This Sri Lankan man was so kind, so nice, and a trustworthy man! He was the compound’s car washer, inside cleaner, outside yard cleaner with his pressure washer, and pet sitter!!!
Next are random moments as I walked around the compound!
The store!! This was just as much a part of our day as working! Here I brought our weekly laundry to be washed & pressed or dry cleaned, bought milk, eggs and cheese, chips, pop, and cake mixes when we craved something sweet or salty!
The twins!!!! These grounds workers kept care of the flowers, trees and wee bits of grass on the compound!!!!! They always had a smile!!!! 🙂
The area behind our compound!
Living in Qatar was hot, dry, humid, flat, and dusty with poor air quality. Driving was dangerous. Every other vehicle was a white SUV – either Lexus or Toyata Land Cruisers. Construction was everywhere to prepare for the 2022 Fifa World Cup. The sea water of the Persian Gulf is so salty it burns your eyes, Grocery stores were either Al Meera or from Europe like Carrefour. Shopping malls offered affordable shops with Arab style clothing meaning lots of ruffles, puffy sleeves and flower prints as well as world class shops such as Tiffany & Co., Boucheron, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and many other couture shops I’d never heard of because that level of shopping is for the uber rich. Qatar brought in world class sports like golf, tennis, equestrian jumping, and motor bike races. I have a selfie with Ernie Else and walked with Sergio Garcia during the Qatar Masters. Michael and I watched Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal compete in the final match of the Qatar Open. Djokovic won.
Qatar has lots to see including Souq Waqif, the Museum of Islamic Art and the recently opened National Museum. Everything in Qatar is new! It was an exciting time to be in Qatar these past few years as we experienced the blockade on the state from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain. We witnessed the country hold its own and become stronger because of the it.
I’m still shocked we no longer live there. Everything happened so quickly. My reflections on living in Qatar will unfold as time passes and I have more time to settle into this fact.