So yesterday marked the two month point of Dave and I arriving in Doha! It is so hard to believe that it has all ready been 2 months! Time really flies in Doha, probably because there is not much down time for us! It seems as if there is always something going on, which has really been a good thing.
I am amazed at how quickly I have become comfortable driving here with the crazy drivers! When we first arrived, I remember watching everyone drive through roundabouts, and thinking that I would never be able to navigate them! But now, it is way easier than I expected! Dave has also encouraged me to become more vocal with my horn, so I honk a lot more then I used to 😛 There is a really great independence that comes with being able to drive around the city without a map, and be confident that I know where I am going and how to get there. (A lot of this is due to Dave and Kat, who are great map readers/navigators!)
Grocery shopping is always interesting here! There are many things that they just don’t have. For instance, you won’t find any Kraft Mac n Cheese blue boxes here, and you also won’t find pretzels in the snack aisle! Other things that have been hard to locate are black beans, risotto, and in general, just prepared foods. Oh, also sticks of butter are rare – because they use Ghee to cook everything! Dave is currently missing cherry licorice (Twizzlers!!!!) and cinnamon red hots or hot tamales. There is a store called Mega Mart which carries some of these things, but not everything.
Luckily, the malls have some comforts of home, such as Gap, H&M, Body Shop and even Nine West and Aldo! My friend Kat has recently introduced me to L’occitane. What an amazing store full of great beauty products! There is a Marks and Spencer, which is a European department store, and Dave loved it when he lived in Oxford, and we both love the one here! So it is a relief to know I don’t have to give up my shopping habit 😛
Of course, it has been difficult to be SO far away from our friends and family. Luckily, Skype, FB and emailing all help with that – but it’s not the same. However, that is life as an ex-pat, and I try to remain positive in knowing that our time here is only beginning, and we have many adventures to look forward to, as well as many trips home to both Pittsburgh and Montana!
Coming up next Saturday (October 24) for us is a desert safari, where we will explore the Inland Sea which is supposed to be gorgeous, and only accessible by land cruisers! (There is no road to get there, you must off road!) We are also hoping to see the Singing Sand Dunes, and do some dune bashing. We have hired tour guides to lead us, so we will be safe! I will blog about that next week! 🙂