Our five year adventure in Doha, Qatarended 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, January 20, 2011
At Your Service
I had the fortunate pleasure these last few days of showing some Doha visitors around town. Their host and my friend, Ms Pink Pumps Courtney, works by day and therefore was unavailable to give them a proper touring of the culture and charm of Qatar. I found out about their dilemma when Kristi and I were invited to share tea with them at The Ritz this past weekend. Courtney was going to schedule them for a spa day at The W. Horrors, Kristi and I thought. They may as well be sitting in downtown Houston if that was going to be their Doha experience (nothing against The W~I love the place). At that moment I hung up my shingle ~ Syb's Taxi and Tour Service. First stop, Hong Kong Beauty Center. Now that Courtney's buddy, Katie, has had her full body exfoliation, she may never be the same. While she was being scrubbed, Courtney's mother-in-law Candy and I opted for the surreal experience of facials to the tune of call to prayer. Ah, memories of a lifetime. After that we headed over to Turkey Central for a beautiful maza tray and grilled chicken. The next day it was Ric's Kountry Kitchen. Yeah, I know it's more of a Western thing, but that's what makes it so interesting. Seeing everything from Texas flags to Hoosier pennants smack dab in the middle of Doha is not what a visitor expects. It's just an affirmation that even though the odometer says you're 8000 miles from home, you're closer than you think. We rode around town and I was able to point out a host of landmarks such as Katara, the Amiri Diwan, Museum of Islamic Art, among many others and discuss what I know of the local culture and traditions. I was in my element. They did me more of a favor than I did them. Thanks, Ladies. Until we cross paths, again...