I'm still learning more and more about Doha every day, but here's what I know so far:
1) They have Starbucks
2) The weather is either hot or very hot
3) While driving you must watch out for camels
4) It's rich in oil money & is the leading home of natural gas, but it's also rich with Islamic culture. As with other major cities in the UAE, there is a growing dichotomy between increased respect for progressive, western thought & religions while honoring the conservative values that have dominated their culture for centuries. Do I have to wear a hijab or burka? No. Can Richard & I kiss and love on each other in the park? Probably not a good idea.
5) There will be lots of sand
To add to the craziness, we will be traveling to Cyprus to visit Richard's family for the holidays. We're very much looking forward to it, but I'm a bit suspect about my ability to stay relaxed on vacation while thinking of all that needs to be done here before our move. It's a good problem to have I admit, and it will be great to enjoy the holidays with family who have probably managed to get a tree up and various other holiday nicknacks to indicate for baby Isabelle that it's Christmastime. Otherwise, the only thing she'd know of Christmas is moving boxes & Skype.
In between seeing friends & family, working, planning for vacation followed by a move across the world, I am saying good-bye in small, manageable doses each day to this city that I have a sweet, strong love for. And good-bye to the people in it, who because of them, I have called it my home for the past 8 years.