Monday, January 26, 2009

Busy Izzy at 6 months

Isabelle turned 6 months last Thursday! I remember when she hit the one month mark, thinking that if I could manage to breastfeed until her six month birthday I would light fireworks off behind Lady Liberty. Well, we did it! Isabelle has been 100% breastfed. A feat that at one point seemed impossible. No fireworks in the end as Isabelle was getting her last night of good rest in the NY apt while we were busy celebrating our last night with a bottle - okay, bottles - of wine that Molly brought over, on a blanket in the middle the living room floor, surrounded by heaps of boxes in our otherwise empty NY apartment. It was a wonderful way to spend our last night in the city. Now onto solids for baby Isabelle...and whatever that entails.

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.

City Center Mall, which I referred to yesterday
If you squint your eyes, look through the window & imagine a hotel behind the building across the street, that's where we are living

First stop on the outing was at this Starbucks. I asked for an iced coffee and got something more along the lines of iced milk. It was tan in color so I assume there was a bit of coffee in there...but hard to say for sure. Not a problem, plenty of time for coaching since I have a feeling this will be my coffee stop most days

The Pearl - we walked around this diorama, minus all of the people & drank chilled fruit juice in wine glasses
The Pearl is a 2.5 billion undertaking to create a man-made, self sufficient, luxury city on an island in the Arabian Gulf, off the West Bay of Doha. I believe only 1/3 of the development is complete so far & it's the only place a non-local can buy real-estate. Maybe they should serve something more than chilled fruit juice!
See those mini islands off the end? They are privately sold & personally, my favorite. See that two lane road to the city from the mainland? My least favorite and I hope they have a back-up plan in the event people need to get off The Pearl en masse. Surely they've thought of that though. Right?

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.
Alfarden Gardens

West Bay Lagoon

Mega Mart - the home away from home
Mega Mart is home to most western foods & household brands for times when all you really want is Jiffy peanut butter & no other brand will do.

Doha Golf Club

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.

1 comment:

The Murphy Three said...

Glad that your first days are going well. Looks beautiful. Hope you find a new home quickly. Lots of love!! xoxo.