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…

Al Maroona Beach

Michael and I headed out early this morning to Maroona Beach! We later discovered a hole, dug by an unknown to us creature!  What’s missing are tracks to the hole, so maybe a snake?  But how does a snake dig a hole? Can you find the crab in each picture? Life is a beach!!!!! S,…

Iftar With A Qatari Family

This was an evening I was truly looking forward to! One of Michael’s students, Jassim invited us for Iftar, the breaking of the fast during Ramadan.  We arrived in what I’m coming to learn, a middle class Qatari family’s home.  All Qataris are set with substantial financial security, but there is a continuum, and the…

Garangao

Tonight is Garangao.  This is a traditional children’s party celebrated at Iftar (the breaking of the fast) on the 14th night of Ramadan, when half of the fasting month is over.  Garangao is celebrated in the Persian Gulf region.  There are Garangao celebrations all over Doha tonight where children sing special songs, visit neighbors and…

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…

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…

Home

After 6 weeks in Canada, I’m now home in Qatar. Home. This summer I felt homeless because Michael and I didn’t have our own space.  Our own place where we could retreat to to recharge, refresh and exhale.  While we’ve been fortunate enough to rent space that has felt like a home, it didn’t have…

Arabian Afternoons – An Afternoon at Souq Waqif Doha, Qatar

I enjoyed an afternoon at the Souq Waqif . This is one of my favorite hang out places. I arrived hours before most shops opened and walked in the heat of the midday sun deciding on where to have lunch. I decided on Syrian food, at Damasca One restaurant. I sat upstairs with the intention of smoking…

The Private, Luxury Car Collection of the Alfardan Family, Qatar

Afforded a class trip to visit the private Alfarden car collection, this was a once and a lifetime opportunity to view luxury vehicles of the elite.  The Alfarden family name is associated with luxury cars, real estate and priceless jewels.  Viewing their priceless car collection left me speechless……. There were Ferraris, Maseratis, Rolls Royces (one owned…

Chi Al Shaqab

This blog is dedicated to Liz!!! Liz, I thought of you and our time spent at your family’s farm with your horses!!  Those times meant SO much to me!!!!!!!  I know how much you love horses and I dedicate this blog to you!!!!!!!  xoxo ps…..yes you, Liz Hardy just in case you weren’t sure!!!  LoL!!!!…

Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal

Tonight at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Day Six of the ATP World Tour Qatar Exxonmobil Open happened at Centre Court! The Singles Final Game was the Number One ranking tennis player in the world against the Fifth ranking tennis player in the world!!  And add to the excitement that both have split…