2018 International Week at ASD – Parade of Flags

This is an amazing week at work!!!  Faculty, staff and students bring almost 90 countries and cultures of the world to ASD! The Parade of Flags is a highlight!!!  The feeling in the air is electric as so many people from so many countries are gathered together to celebrate community!! This is the only time…

1,000,000QR License Plate Number!

Michael and I had heard rumors that there was an auction for buying license plate numbers to indicate status – because you can afford to buy one!  It is said that the 3 digit or less license plate numbers are valued at 1 million riyals and more – as the digits get smaller. So, the…

Driving Home in the Storm Moving From Al Khor to Al Rayyan!

Leaving Al Khor Park – I drove in the same direction the storm was moving – so I drove right into it! The sand mixed with rain caused for terrible visibility – I had to pull over at one point! Then the rain hit – hard!! The skies darkened so much, street lights came on!…

Al Khor Park – The Storm Hits!

Here is a picture of the aviary when I arrived: A little later, the clouds darken as the storm moves in: The storm starts – First the wind…. Now the sand storm moves in: Now the rain….. Here – in these pictures – you can see the sand storm moving off to the left of…

Al Khor Park – The Bird Aviary & Animals

This was an adventure to find out exactly what this big netted tent that looks like a bird aviary, located off the Shamal road in Al Khor, was! I was hoping for a falcon aviary…. But what I found was a park! It was closed for maintenance, so I wasn’t able to walk inside of…

Rain!

Another storm rolled across Qatar!!  This time dumping a huge load of rain as it moved along the small country!! It was a typical hot, humid, sunny day…then suddenly the skies darkened, the sound of thunder rumbled loudly, dust started blowing across the field then the skies opened…dumping lots and lots of rain!!! I was…

Dust Storm!!

We had a major dust storm with lightening blow its way across Qatar! I was driving home from work and drove into it! This is approaching and taking the exit off the North Road to get to our compound: Leaving our compound to drive to Festival City: The storm is moving west…. Changes in weather…

Dinner Time for a Herd of Hungry Camels!

There is a camel farm on the road to Skydive Qatar.  I pulled over when I noticed it was feeding time and the camels were waiting for their din-din!! The race for their place at the dinner table! Enjoying their dinner! Camels are SO cool!!!! S, 🙂

Skydiving, Off-Road Driving & Kayaking!

Saturday was hobby day! I dropped Michael off at Skydive Qatar for his afternoon of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane! I took these pictures leaving the drop zone, just as jumpers were coming in for a landing!   Next I made my way to Fuwairit Beach!!! Since my driving videos were popular!!  I…

Drive to Qatar’s West Coast – Kayaking at Dukhan Beach!

This is a great drive because there is actual desert – dunes – not many and they’re tiny – but there are some ! As well, the landscape itself changes to include the amazing limestone formations! These are pictures about 40km west into my journey along the Dukhan Highway. This highway seems to have more…

And So it Begins….My Small Reiki Practice in Qatar!!

I’m so excited I can hardly contain my enthusiasm!!!!!  I’m going to post this just to share because I’m so excited!!!!  My Intro to Reiki session is unfolding to be the introduction of my small Reiki practice at Yama Yoga’s Al Waab Yoga Studio!!! This all started with a small idea that blossomed into this!!!!!!!!!…

Royal Thai Lady Spa – Best Thai Massage Ever!!

About once a week I go for an hour and a half Thai oil massage at the pink building!!!  The pink building is on AL Waab Street that is home to Royal Thai Lady Spa!  Men are not allowed in this pink building!  There is a Royal Thai Men Spa two buildings down. That building…

Kayaking the Al Thakira Mangroves

My kayaking adventure this weekend brought me to the northern coastal city of Al Khor. Here, I made my way to Al Thakira beach, my launching location to paddle the mangroves! On my way into Al Khor, I passed  Al Bayt Stadium – one of 6 stadiums being built for the 2022 FIFA World Cup….

Musical Fountain at Tawar Mall!

Another mall has opened in Qatar – Tawar Mall! Tawar Mall has five levels. It’s main centre is filled with a computer controlled water fountain! There is a section that replicates a souq!  Lots of little traditional arabic shops filled with perfumes, clothing, prayer beads….. Outside of the main food court on the fourth floor…

My New Inflatable Kayak!

I bought an inflatable kayak!!  It’s easy to inflate and deflate AND no roof rack required! Yesterday, Michael and I tried it out at Fuwairit Beach! Michael inflated the boat, so he deserved the honor of first paddle! My turn! Next  morning I was off to The Pearl for a paddle! First stop – a…

Back to Daily Life in Qatar!

After 2 months of extensive travel during summer vacation – with a total of 19 flights taken – it was time to settle back into regular life, here in Doha! First it was time for Pooh Bear to go to the groomer!  She was cared for while we were away during summer break by a…