Our five year adventure in Doha, Qatar ended June 1, 2012, but the memories will always remain. It's back to Texas where I have decided...Qatar isn't cornering the market on "quirky", as I once believed. Thanks for opening my eyes to the world, Doha!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Safe Trip, Kayla!

Well, Kayla's visit came to an end last night...but not without her cherished camel ride. That, I must say was the "most fun" adventure since we've been here. Her last day started off on shaky ground. Trying to plan our day, I went to call us a taxi for early afternoon pickup. One problem...you have to "touch two for English" and we don't have tone on our phone. Remember rotary dial? David had taken the cell phone (mo-bile, over here) with him to work.
Kayla called him & he was not actually at work, but taking care of more leg work to finalize his residence permit so that he can leave the country for upcoming activities in the states (Jana's wedding & our annual summer getaway to Tennessee). So, we headed for the pool to strategize. We got back to the villa as David was pulling in. His business took a little too long...the point of no return for going back to work....awwww! Taxi driver problem solved. We put it in high gear & headed out for the day. We went to As AlMakh Mall (spelling?). This is a small mall, comparatively speaking, with a lot of pack in its punch. We had lots of fun gathering souvenirs for the girls' friends at home. David was a real trooper as usual pointing us here & there while looking for possibilities. We headed over to a little cafe called "Mint". I use the term little very loosely in this town. I don't think there is anything little in it. Almost all restaurants are two story, including Burger King, McDonald's & Starbucks! Anyway, the decor in Mint was awesome. Very mod & "Kristi-like". The food was great, as well. Okay, now for the main event, the camels. We headed towards, what is referred to here as the Inland Sea & desert area and stopped at the Sealine Beach Resort. The rest is history. While Kristi had balked the day before when discussing the length of the camel ride...she was quite happy that we chose (for her)the 10 minute as opposed to the 1 hour version. As her comments revealed on yesterday's post, she did not have the most agreeable or friendly camel. The laughing/terrified look on her face was revealed by many Kodak moments. Kayla seemed to be quite in her element during her ride. It was a great time for all, spectators & participants alike. All good things must come to an end as we took Kayla to the airport last night for a 1:30 a.m. departure. Doha to London to Houston to Austin. She should be in London shortly. I await her instant message. It was a great trip sweetie!! Thanks for the memories.


  1. AL ASMAKH!!! Come on, Mom! get it right! I love you! and my flight to Austin is the one that is most delayed...i'm still waiting for the departure! it ws supposed to leave 40 minutes ago and i think i've still got a few before they leave!! camel ride was much fun...no one should go to Qatar without doing it! you included! will let you know on my next arrival! muah!

  2. Girl, I just saw the "weather conditions" link at the bottom of your blog. 107!!!! How are you surviving the heat during the day? Trips to the malls? :-)


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