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!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Time Is NOT of the Essence

To all my Ike evacuees out there...I pray that all is well and that even under the worst case scenario you can get back on path and move forward through the devastation. That being said, I'm sure you're not visiting my blog to be depressed and dwell on the worries of life. You're here to escape it and visit my somewhat removed life in the quirky world of Doha, so on with the blog. It all started about 9:30a.m...breakfast at The Lagoon Restaurant at The Ritz. I know it sounds a bit hoity toity, but we save up days at a time not leaving our pink little houses and go out and whoop it up on occasion. We had a round of eggs and a couple of pots of strong coffee that made Seaport taste wimpy. The best thing about the breakfast was the company and the fact that we sat there for THREE whole hours jacking our jaws. We considered asking the waiters to bring on the lunch menus, but we thought better. After begrudgingly breaking away from the table, we meandered through the hotel stopping for photo ops here and there. We stumbled upon a hallway that had been transformed with a welcoming Arabic flair to an entry way to The Ritz' late evening Suhoor meal. Historically the Suhoor meal during Ramadan is the pre-dawn meal that one has before beginning their fasting at sunrise. All the hotels here set up extravagant ballrooms and furnish a lavish buffet for the Suhoor meal beginning at 8:30pm and running until 1:00am. One of the managers saw us oohing and aahing in the hallway and invited us to help ourselves to a tour of the Grand Ball Room where the preparations were all in place for their evening celebration. We just thought we were impressed with the hallway when we entered the main area our jaws dropped. Ok, so now we have reservations for next week to partake of this Suhoor extravaganza. It is a bit pricey , but for the money we will receive hours of food, fellowship, entertainment and an abundance of cultural diversity. Sounds like a bargain.

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