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!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Ladies' Night

Our Doha ladies' group decided it was high time to paint this town red. Friday night, twelve of us headed to town to see just how we were going to do that. We started off with dinner at Tajine, a Moroccan Restaurant located inside the souq area. No one opted for the brains or the camel on the menu, but we feasted, just as well. After incessant chatter and filling our bellies, we headed out into the lively streets abuzz with families and singles looking for a respite from their busy week now behind them. Yes, some people do have busy weeks of work and school and aren't living a life of total leisure. Actually the main reason we planned this outing was for Dani, one of the ladies in the group that works for CPChem and never has the opportunity to frolic with the rest of us. Our group filed into Isfahan Gardens, to ooh and aah at the beautiful walls, ceilings, and lighting that they offer. The personnel never seem to mind that we waltz through their restaurant just to have a peek at their exquisite decor. Feeling a little guilty myself for such a crime, I mentioned to the maitre d' as my group toured the "sheik's" room that I had just eaten there that week. He replied, "I know, I remember you". These people never forget a face. It's amazing. We then, headed out to be adorned with the traditional henna, but to our disappointment the henna ladies were no where to be found. The Eid Al Adha is upon us, perhaps they were taking advantage and were already on holiday. Not to be defeated, we followed the aroma back to the main area where the shisha abounds. Miraculously we found a table or tables to accommodate six of us and the other six opted for shopping. It was a win win situation...twelve women happy at the same time. Unheard of! We ordered us up a dose of double apple shisha and one um ali to pass around the table for sampling. Um ali is a delicious Arabic dessert that I would put in with the likes of bread pudding. Spoons were flying to say the least with the one bowl between the six of us. By the time the novice shisha smokers got the hang of it, it was time to call it a night. We had outdone ourselves. I mean, it was after 10:00pm! We just can't quite hang with the locals that are just starting to get cranked up at that time. It was a great evening of fun with the ladies that was long overdue. Maybe, just maybe, if the guys are lucky, we'll drag them along with us next time.

This parking lot traffic situation is one of the reasons we can't get our men to take us to the souqs on the weekend!

Oh dear, I almost forgot to include Lolita's pic!

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1 comment:

  1. I hope the shisha smoking is much better than Virginia Slims!


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