First Week In Doha – Such Fun

Arabic nameOriginal Post: September 5, 2014

It’s been quite a week! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the first two days of organizational induction (not hospital orientation) at my new job. It’s an amazing organization with people from over 43  countries. I am shuttled to work each day with the rest of the employees on a bus. I couldn’t grasp what this would be like and thought I may be annoyed by it. Turns out, it’s very convenient and well organized. And, it beats the need to find a parking space Continue reading First Week In Doha – Such Fun

The Move: Part II

FoodOriginal Post: September 2, 2014

I walked out my front door, across the street, past a parking lot, and across a major street, and into the front doors of City Center – Doha. It’s one of the major malls in town and major it is!

My first stop was to the cell phone shop to get my local cell phone turned on. One thing that’s very different here is that most landlines can only call landlines and some cell phones can only call cell phones. So I had to get connected quickly.

After that, I just wandered mindlessly through the four stories of mall. I noticed 2 Starbucks stores. I didn’t stop in Starbucks this time around but as I write this, I’m thinking maybe I should have. There was no Victoria’s Secret, but there is A Woman’s Secret. It was pretty tame in comparison.

Lesson from the mall: Most of the stores that carry business clothes for women only have sizes 6 and up. Well, I’m a 4 so I’ll have to figure something out.

As I continued to walk through the mall, it was like a Wal-Mart Supercenter magically appeared inside the mall. Yeah folks! I went grocery shopping at a supercenter-type store right in the mall. The pricing wasn’t too bad either. I was wondering why people were pushing shopping carts through the mall. It was very convenient but a little weird.

Lesson from the grocery store: weigh my produce before arriving to the checkout stand…lesson learned.

I ate at the mall too (see photos). I’m not real sure what it was but it was a mouth full of deliciousness. It was also a pretty large portion. There was what I assume were beef kabobs served with pickled vegetables, cucumber salad, rice, and a tortilla. The seasoning on the meat worked so well with the pickled veggies…delicious. I must say, the cucumber salad was probably the best I’ve ever had.

First Impressions: The Taxi driver who returned me home from the mall was from Nepal. He has been the happiest person I’ve seen/met so far.

Lastly, I’ve attached pictures of the views from my 4-bedroom 15th floor apartment! I’m right in the thick of things…

The Move: Part I

luggageOriginal Post: September 2, 2014

I was successful in packing just 2 checked bags and 2 carry-ons for my move to Doha. There was quite a bit of shuffling at the ticket counter to meet the weight requirements but I got it done. The gate agent was very patient and accommodating. I was grateful.

Jaden and I said our “see you laters”, no tears shed. He seemed pretty upbeat and it sounds like the rest of his day Continue reading The Move: Part I

One More Week

AlaskaOriginal Post: August 24, 2014

One week…. Yep, I leave for Doha in just one week. I’m not sure that it’s hit me yet. Perhaps it won’t hit me until I actually go to the airport and have to hug Jaden before getting on the plane. Hug Jaden…that will be a tough one. Continue reading One More Week

What I’ll Miss About the Pacific Northwest

WaterfallOriginal Post August 11, 2014

T-20 days and I’m off to Qatar.

Last night I had friends over to celebrate my career move and wish me well. We had a great time and I’m glad I took the opportunity to celebrate in that way. As we gathered, it made me really think about some of the things that I will miss about home. So this week’s blog is about the things I’ll miss most about the Pacific NW.  Continue reading What I’ll Miss About the Pacific Northwest

T-27 Days

PlaneOriginal Post: August 4, 2014

The count down is on! T-27 days until I leave for Doha, Qatar.

Another question I’m often asked is how long is the flight.  I fly four hours to Chicago then a direct flight from Chicago to Doha is 13 hours and 15 minutes. Continue reading T-27 Days

Have I started Packing Yet?

PackingOriginal Post: July 27, 2014

Have I started packing yet? This is undoubtedly one of the most frequently asked questions I get when people hear about my move to Doha. Well, the answer is: No! Fortunately, I don’t have to worry about housing and other things related to a move. I’ll arrive to a fully furnished place so that takes many things off the table.   Continue reading Have I started Packing Yet?

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