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, July 22, 2010

You Have Questions, I Have Answers

They might not always be what you want to hear, but trust me, I always have something to say

I have to admit I'm a bit excited today. David and I have a date to meet a Doha newbie that I have been corresponding with via email for the last several months. She ran across my blog one day and emailed me with questions regarding living conditions that she would encounter while doing a temporary assignment in an unknown land. Her concerns ranged from banking to safety to clothing to reality t.v. to manicures to biking to surfing (yes, like catching a wave!) to wi-fi to medicines. I'm in my element when fielding such questions. I totally understand all these concerns and many more when moving to a country that doesn't even know the rules about having a "u" follow the "q". Speaking of following queues, they don't do that, either. Ah, another day. My goal is to answer these questions as objectively as possible and to avoid any misconceptions that Qatar is a Utopia. I know I might convey it that way at times, but I have a way of fooling myself so that I can stay in that happy bubble that I so love to live. To sum up how I really feel about living here, I'll answer a question recently posed to me by another reader. "Would you do it, gain?" Heck, yeah. Anywho, I'm anxious to meet up with my pen pal to get not only her take on her new adventure, but also to find out if my answers met the reality of her encounters thus far. Next, looking forward to fielding your questions.

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  2. Lori, I love when you you comment. I can hear your little voice in my ear just like you're sitting right next to me...miss you!

    By the way, my Doha newbie, Courtney, was cute as a button with an adventurous streak that will suit her well in her new role. She had all the same questions and observations that we had when we arrived. We sooooo related.

  3. I hope this will be me very soon! You have been so helpful, Sybil!!!!!

  4. Looking forward to meeting you, as well, Crista! It's going to be even HOTTER when you get here. Not trying to be mean, I just want you to prepare yourself...haha!


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