Today Richard, Isabelle & I spent five hours driving around the city with a guide named Susan. She & her family are from New Zealand, but love living in Doha. As it was all business in the sense that we were trying to get a handle on things relative to our move here, I didn't take a single picture. Dagnabbit. Fortunately for us, we have Google Images.
Compound living... Sounds worse than it is. Essentially, it's subdivision living in suburban language. More simply, it's a neighborhood, sometimes gated with security, sometimes with pools, tennis courts, small shops, etc., sometimes not. There are still a lot of places to check out, but these are a couple of places we saw today & will give you a sense of the type of home we will likely be living in.
We also drove by the Ritz Carlton, the InterContinental & the Four Seasons. It's typical for a family new to a city to join a club when living abroad. It's a good way to meet people and a nice place to socialize. Here in Doha, it seems most club memberships are at the hotels, so once we start meeting people and learn more about the city, we may join one of these clubs. It's also a nice place for kids as they all have kiddo play areas and baby pools. I think this Friday we're going to brunch at the Four Seasons, which we hear is a good way to get to know the place.
All in all, this was our day in a nutshell. It was pretty productive in the end and great fun to see the city through a resident's eye. Tomorrow is Richard's first day at work and Isabelle and I will head out for coffee & grocery shopping at Carrefour, mixed with a lot of internet research & appointment making while getting Isabelle back onto her routine.