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Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid October 15th 2013

My flight from Doha was super early - 3:45 in the morning - on Emirates airlines, via Dubai. The long flight was awesome. It was mostly empty except for a large Chinese tourist group, who were seated in front of me. I had the whole row to myself, so a chinese woman moved to the aisle seat, still leaving a middle seat between us. What a great flight! She and the other members of the group strained to see out my window glimpses of Dubai - the Palm, the Burj Khalifa; since I have flown in and out dozens of times, I leaned back and let them stare away. We landed in Madrid about 2pm and it was a long long long way to leave the airport. The airport has a nice design, with a wavy ... read more
Vincchi Soho
Vincchi Soho
Vincchi Soho

Middle East » Qatar » Doha October 13th 2013

Instead of writing more of the same stuff as the last few blogs I have (crazy drivers, insane traffic, work work work, dune bashing), I'm just going to post some pics. In 36 hours, I'll be flying to Madrid to celebrate the Eid holiday and I'm sure I'll have much more exciting information then! I can't wait to finally have a real break!!!... read more
Birthday Party
Souq al Bahar
Souq al Bahar

Middle East » Qatar » Doha September 28th 2013

I was attempting to start uploading videos to document the daily obstacle course that plays like Running Man or Death Race- my daily fight for my life as I drive around this city. However, travelblog has "temporarily" disabled video uploads... Sigh... I will have to figure out another way to get this message across. I think it is one worth sharing for those in the western world who have never experienced this daily struggle for survival. Yes, I am being slightly overly dramatic. Usually I laugh it off, but every once in a while, I get truly frightened and upset by the complete disregard for my life and the lives of others just so people can get to a place a few seconds faster! I've become more aggressive and have learned to love my horn as ... read more

Middle East » Qatar » Doha September 21st 2013

Last weekend, I stayed with Jamie and had a good time. We were both too pooped to do anything on friday night, but Sunday we planned brunch... which slowly got pushed back before we ordered lunch takeout. Then we went to Biddibundi on the Palm for their weekend special - 3 beers and a dinner for 99 AED. Yum! It's this Australian restaurant (cute boys) with rugby playing (hot guys) and good food (fat, salty, yummy). I got fish and chips, which was delicious, and enjoyed some cold beer. Afterwards, we got the munchies, so walked to a cupcake store and I got two cupcakes - chocolate "smarty pants" and carrot cake - yummy, but very very very sugary. A little too much actually, but I ate them. Of course, you regret it in the morning.. ... read more
Stir fry
Late night cupcakes
Love the names

Middle East » Qatar » Doha September 13th 2013

The time has come. I am in the process of canceling my Dubai visa and officially moving to Qatar. How do I feel about this? Well, you all know that I absolutely love love love Dubai. But I will be happy to finally have a place to call home. Again. I think that maybe once I can officially settle down in Doha, I will feel more at home and happy. I don't know why, but I still basically have the mentality of living out of a suitcase. I try not to buy too much. And I haven't even hung my pictures! Though I do plan to move somewhere nicer in a few months, so maybe I'll still hold off... Anyway, the process is a difficult one. When I moved to Dubai I had a stellar HR ... read more
Radisson Blu
Radisson Blu

Middle East » Qatar » Mesaieed August 31st 2013

This weekend was to be a kind of "team building" weekend. Starting with brunch on Friday at the Grand Hyatt hotel. A bit more expensive than I'm used to in Dubai, but it was a very very nice hotel and the brunch itself was pretty good. The weird part was seeing a Fashion Show going on at the same time, which I guess they plan to do for the next few months. It was distracting and loud, but I guess some people liked it. I know some of the guys at my table reeeeally liked it. It was good seeing some of my coworkers and even colleagues from other countries who happened to be in town, discussing other things besides work, though work mostly came up anyway. I left after about two and a half glasses ... read more
Grand Hyatt Doha
Sheraton Hotel Doha
Grand Hyatt Doha

Middle East » Qatar » Doha August 17th 2013

Back to the grind of work.... which means very little is happening in my life. I got back from my Eid holiday Sunday evening and had planned to spend Monday at the office, even though it was still our holiday. Then I just decided to enjoy it - my first full holiday since I came to the Middle East. It was nice to just have a day of rest... very little interruption from clients, which was nice. Then back to work! I've got four new people that are starting in the next six weeks, so the pressure is off a little. Now I can focus my energy on developing the four geologists who I currently work with - two or three are very receptive and I think they are going to be great, hopefully taking on ... read more
Just chillin
Al Ain
Blackened spice

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Al Ain August 10th 2013

I woke up this morning with sore arms and feeling dehydrated. It was nice to lounge around for a few hours with no thoughts except updating my blog... Around noon, we finally kicked into gear and went to the Al Ain mall where we satisfied our cravings for hamburgers at Applebees. Then we headed to the Al Ain zoo. I was tired and it was hot as hades out so I wasn't exactly looking forward to it. But what a treat! The cost is minimal (15 AED) and I bought a hat for shade, also minimal cost (15 AED) and we each got a voucher for a free trip before the end of the year. We were lucky because apparently summer hours are only 5 days a week and at night, but since it is Eid, ... read more
Nubian Ibex
African Wild Dog
Zoo set up

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Al Ain August 10th 2013

For Eid, our company was given off Thursday through Monday, so I worked until later than usual Wednesday evening before coming home and starting my leave. I did laundry and packed for my upcoming trip to Al Ain. Thursday morning, I headed to the airport around 11am for my early afternoon flight - there was nobody on the road! I made it to the airport in less than 20 minutes! I was flying Qatar Airways as I do occasionally. There is a separate terminal for them; usually, I go in to the "Cabin Baggage" only counter and I get through in about 2 minutes. Same thing today, except in the regular checkin area, where I almost never see anyone, it was PACKED. And that's when you realize that it is holiday time! Our flight was PACKED ... read more
Al Ain outcrops
outer and inner routes

Middle East » Qatar » Doha August 7th 2013

As mentioned before, my life revolves around work here, but now it is starting to get exciting. Qatar is hosting the 2022 World Cup and they have a "2030 Vision" for countrywide improvements. Things are now starting to kick into high gear and our office is growing everyday. Currently, I am managing the engineering group here in our office. It is a very busy job because on top of managing, I am also the only engineer, so I am responsible for management, engineering analysis, all reporting, geologic oversight, meetings and engineering site inspections. I am in desperate need for help, so that also means I spend part of my week recruiting people. I am so behind on some of my reports, but the big big projects will be starting soon so I need to invest time ... read more
Anchor testing

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