Hack Ride – Mafnood

Today a new horse was presented to me for my morning ride around the farm.  This horse needed a crop as this horse likes to find a patch of sand, and wants to roll – doesn’t matter that I’m on his back! The crop gently reminds him that he can’t do that! However, what happened…

The Avatars – Their Reputation Grows!

Last night The Avatars played their welcomed gig at the Ritz Carlton – Admiral’s Club.  Welcomed because The Avatar’s are a favorite band of this club!  The band plays a variety of music that people love, recognize and usually have an emotional connection to!  Guests dance, sing and are inspired by the talented guitar playing…

Riding Lesson #2 – My Fall Off Of Farfoor

My ride to the farm early this morning required a stop to fill the car’s tank with petrol (that’s what you call it here).  Here are pictures of one of the world’s most expensive cars, a McLaren, parked next to the petrol station….. Today at the stables I started out with a ride around the…

Hack Ride – Patcher

  Today I rode one of the horses from the “Middle Stable”.  These horses are a bit of a step up from the main stable.  My horse, Patcher, a French Arabian race horse was a dream to ride!  I rode with staff member Josh, from England.  Josh is a retired jockey, because of injury, who…

Riding Lesson #1 – Emeron!

Today I arrived, early of course, to settle in and have another look around! Tara gave me a pair of chaps, that were given to her at the centre!  So, with my new-to-me chaps, work-out tights and sneakers and borrowed riding helmet I was ready to go! I was given a big black horse named…

Visit to the Al-Farden Family Farm

The Al-Farden or spelled Alfarden family is known for luxury cars and precious jewelry.  These are pictures of a visit to their farm to see the animals! The farm is located in the Al Khor area of Qatar, in the middle of the desert.  Once off the main highway, then driving down a long, narrow…

Sharing Smiles!

This is International Week at work.  Today was the highly anticipated parade of flags where, at an assembly of the entire school in the main gym, every country represented at the school is walked in a parade.  There were over 80 flags!  Smiles energized with school spirit and national pride were everywhere!! But there was…

Saddam the Falcon

This is International Week at work.  There are two traditional Arab tents set up on campus, with a falcon at each one.  I was lucky to have spent some time with one falcon named Saddam. This falcon was purchased in Iraq, and is about a year old.   I didn’t ask how much Saddam cost…

Gardening in the Desert!

Today was all about gardening! First stop was the local gardening store.  You know, the one on Gharafa next to the small palace!  😉 Here we bought three bags of soil, cucumber seeds and tomato seedlings for our garden plot in the community garden at Michael’s work.  We also bought a cool twisty tree for…

Friday Night at the Souq!

After our Dhow cruise, Michael and I walked to the souq for shisha and coffee. First off was crossing the street from the Corniche to the souq.  The wait for traffic lights to change from green to red is so long and people so many that small crowds accumulate making it difficult to cross within…

Friday Afternoon Dhow Cruise!

Through Michael’s work a Dhow Cruise was planned for an afternoon of swimming off of Al-Safliya Island. The weather was perfect!  We drove to the Corniche, found a parking spot and were off to find our boat for an afternoon of fun!   At the entrance of the marina is the terminal to the Banana…

22˚C and This Canadian Gal Turns on the Heat!

This morning at 6:05am, I sat in the car to leave for work; and as I do every morning I prepare with the same routine: Turn on car Turn on air conditioning Put on lip gloss Put on sunglasses Turn on radio Drive to work But when I started Step 2…..I paused…..realized I was chilled….and…

Let Me Introduce You To The Avatars!

Michael’s desire to form a band in Doha started a few years back. Music jams with friends were fun, but rock and roll is in his blood…… So back in September, 2016 Michael collected a group of musicians and started the Avatars. Our dining room was then transformed into a music studio….with the option of…

Remember Bob?

Naming our kitten who adopted us has been a two month process.  He is our Middle East kitten so he has to have a name that reflects that!  But Bob sorta stuck at the beginning….and suits him because he is such a goofy kitty!  We then decided that we’d give him a second name that…

Little Ditty About Shake Shack

No, this isn’t a song – I just thought the title sounded catchy!  🙂 So far, Shake Shack is my favorite burger joint in Doha!  This is Shake Shack in Gulf Mall.   Why?  Because I like the size of the cheeseburger – small!!  The burgers are not this ginormous, messy, hard to eat burger…

The Kitten Who Adopted Us!

Feral cats are everywhere in Qatar.  The story, I’m told, is that as Qatar developed feral cats were flown in from Egypt to keep the rat population under control. I’m not sure if this story is true, but it is a cool story!  Since that time domestic cats have also become part of the feral…

Feeling the Pride of Qatar! Thank You Sheikh Tamim!

I won’t forget June 5th, 2016.  I was at work when suddenly news was spreading that Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt had cut ties with Qatar.  Fear was my response.  What would happen? How would life change? Food shortages  – mainly chicken and milk – was the public’s immediate fear response.  But…

Halloween in the Middle East!

Halloween is a lot of fun here in Doha, Qatar! At work the spirit of Halloween filled the hallways with faculty, staff and students dressing up for the fun!  Shout out to Ms. Blanco for her hand drawn skeleton makeup!!   Later, as Michael had band practice, I set up and sat back with a…