There is a Big Gold Thumb in Souq Waqif!

There is a big gold thumb in the souq! Actually, this sculpture is by famous French artist César Baldaccini. Can’t say I know who that is, but his thumb sure is big! Here is a link to read about the thumb: Gold Thumb The piece is to commemorate Qatar’s win of the Asian Cup! Here is…

That’s IT! We Want a Camel!

Last night Michael and I went to Souq Waqif to shop for boots to wear with his borrowed Scottish kilt and tailored made gillie shirt; a costume for his part of a clansmen for his video of his song The Battle of Culloden. On our way in to the souq, the camel corral was open…

Surprise for Mama & DV – Part II – Kids Telling Jokes!!

With support from faculty and staff telling jokes for you, I also had support from the Director of the American School of Doha to make sure I include kids telling you jokes to make you laugh!!!  Thank you Tom!!  :))))) I’d like to give a huge shout out to Grade 5 teacher Allison Farmer for…

Mesaieed – Sealine Beach – Dune Bashing

Dune bashing happens south – near the border of Saudi Arabia, just past Mesaieed, along Sealine Beach. This was Michael and I’s first time 4-wheeling in our X-Terra! To prepare – Michael reduced the tire’s pressure to 10psi to allow for more area on them to prevent getting stuck. Our SUV ready – we were…

Mesaieed – Camel Rides Before Dune Bashing

To dune bash – you drive south – almost to the border of Saudi Arabia. This area is very popular with locals and expat residents, offering an exciting afternoon of driving your SUV over steep sand dunes! The starting point is the end of Sealine Beach Road. Here is where we prepared to drive the…

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 – A Dust 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…