Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I went down to the old souq this afternoon , hoping that I had timed it right to see the police horses doing their patrol through the marketplace. I had my camera at the ready and I was not disappointed. These Arabian horses are so beautiful, I had to download the pictures and put them on my blog straight away.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Time to do some blogging after two weeks of being the tour guide with my friend Annette, from Sydney. It was interesting to see Qatar through the eyes of a tourist. It was different and I came to better appreciate the rich culture and diversity of this part of the world. Since we moved to Doha, almost 4 months ago, I have been pretty focussed on the adjustments required when you move to a different country. Things like setting up house and working out the mundane everyday tasks like how to get around to do the shopping! Not that easy. Abu Dhabi is more developed and had seemed an easier place to live. The Middle East as a whole is fascinating and culturally very diverse, and Qatar is unique in many ways. Over the past couple of weeks, I have come to appreciate all there is to see and experience here, from sand duning on a desert safari, to camel races, to swimming in the Inland Sea, riding a camel for the first time, henna painting, and more. I hope the pictures I have blogged will give some idea of the unique experiences we are having here. The buildings are amazing, and Don finds the architecture so interesting. He feels fortunate that he can experience working on a project that will actually change the city skyline when finished. As with anything, there are the good experiences and the not so good, but I think we are appreciating more and more that our time here will pass quickly, and we need to just enjoy the experience as much as we can.
The driver let down the tires on the 4WD before taking us sand duning. We went down this dune!
It was hilarious and a bit scary to ride a camel for the first time. As the camel rises, you are sure you are going to come off! I was convinced that Annette's camel was going to bite my leg! They are cranky creatures and make this grumbling sound, while baring their very big teeth!
The view from the Arabian Courtyard Hotel in the centre of Dubai where we stayed. Some of the culture has been preserved here, but the city is mostly skyscrapers now. Dubai currently boasts the tallest building in the world.