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Middle East » Qatar » Doha November 7th 2012

We slept late and nearly missed breakfast. I had told Penny the night before that we're going into a day of transit, so things were a little more relaxed going to sleep because Paris was pretty much finished. She got downstairs in time for her favourite pain au chocolat pastery as well as some bread and fruit....or maybe that was my favourite? We finished eating and got our bags packed, going downstairs a little after 11am. We had turned on the tv to check who won the election; it was big news over here and who knows, things might have affected our travel a bit with another outcome. We decided to try our luck again with the metro as the weather was dry and we had time on our side to get out to CDG. Two ... read more
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In-flight for 7 hours
Doha, Qatar

Middle East » Qatar » Doha November 5th 2012

Sorry again for my lack of posts, but nothing really exciting has happened. Oh, I've been keeping quite busy, but I won't bore you with the details of my work. I will, however, bore you food and driving! About 2 to 3 hours everyday is devoted to driving - I guess in a way, that is exciting. I love being able to drive the Beast - I have no fear. I thought I'd figured out a good way to and from work on Thursday, but that must have still been part of the Eid Holiday as driving to and from work yesterday (Sunday) was complete torture. I left work a half hour later (7pm) than yesterday and the drive was fairly smooth (for Qatar). In some instances, the roundabout is a great thing. In others, it ... read more
my future home
The Pearl
The Pearl

Middle East » Qatar » Doha November 1st 2012

I haven't written much lately as there is not much to write. Definitely, few pictures to take, but I'll try again this weekend. Work keeps me extremely busy. I go to work at 6:45 in the morning and leave the office around 6:30 in the evening. Which is ok, because all I do is sit in my hotel room and watch TV anyway. Tuesday night - I had a big report due, but I fell asleep at 9. I woke up at 1am and couldn't stop thinking of it, so I just got up and almost finished before going back to bed at 3am. Then back up at 5:30 to finish. Ick. Eventually, I may make my way to the health club onsite and at least ride a bike for a while. The first two days ... read more

Middle East » Qatar » Doha October 29th 2012

The last couple of days I've been working on the new airport site. I can't wait until this airport is finished! (See my airport rankings blog). Of course, I am the only girl onsite, but I am working with a great group of guys. Respectful and hard working, plus the project is pretty well run. I did not expect that. We go to work at 7 and are off at 4. So while it has been an exhausting couple of days, it has been one of the best work experiences thus far. Aside from work, absolutely nothing is going on. I stocked my room with some foods so I would not eat out and so far it is working. I have noodles, granola bars, fruit, cheap pretzels, cheese, pudding, water, tea, bread, PB&J and juice. I ... read more
sandstorm
sandstorm
sandstorm

Middle East » Qatar » Doha October 27th 2012

I went back to City Center Mall last night; taxis here are ridiculously expensive and most do not have meters. Make sure you know how much you're paying before you leave! I didn't want to drive myself because I'm still a little nervous about the traffic; judging by the traffic at the souk at night, I didn't even want to deal with it. When I arrived, it was significantly different than earlier. It was packed! I don't do well in crowds, and I could the grouch coming. I decided to check out the movies and picked Pitch Perfect; I had seen previews during the day and it looked entertaining. It was, though I really am not one for unnecessary vulgar humor. The worst part, was the people talking incessantly during the movie. It was worse than ... read more
my new water boiler
the torch and Aspire Zone
the torch and Aspire Zone

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Middle East » Qatar » Doha October 26th 2012

Yesterday was amazing. Just amazing. I seriously never even left the room. I kept my shades drawn and the air cool. I took a nice long shower and ordered room service. Twice. The food was not good, and was expensive, but it did the trick. I watched movies, sent some emails to a few people I've talked to recently and slept and slept... Almost done with the Princess Bride as well! This morning I woke up early and decided to try driving around this city. Dubai is dead before noon on Fridays, and I was pretty sure Doha would be the same. It is. I travelled up to The Pearl, which is this new development they are constructing; there are a bunch of man made islands, high end hotels, and huge "villas" on the water. I ... read more
City Center Mall
City Center Mall
Eli France

Middle East » Qatar » Doha October 24th 2012

Today started bright and early, meeting my new boss at 7 to pick up a couple of other coworkers and head to our big kickoff meeting. I won't go into the specifics about a sensitive project, but it sounds interesting and the clients are... interesting as well. I'll be busy for the next few months! The meeting took up most of the day - well, the meeting itself was over in two hours (some good fattening munchies on hand as well - perfect since i had zero for breakfast), then we headed to the office (which took about an hour) and proceeded to recap and start organizing for this huge project. By then, it was time to go back into town, pick up some info, drop my boss back at the airport and head back to ... read more
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Middle East » Qatar » Doha October 23rd 2012

I am going to try to keep this short as I'm exhausted, but a lot happened today, so I'm exhausted! I woke up this morning at 5:15 (Dubai time - one hour ahead of Doha) and finished my packing and cleaning from the previous night. I was able to fit all of my stuff for a month into my laptop bag and carryon. Go me!!!! I was also able to catch a cab immediately upon leaving my building at 6, and we made it to the airport with no troubles. I was travelling on Fly Dubai out of Terminal 2. Terminal 2 is a very different place from the main airport; definitely the budget area, but not so bad. Because I had plenty of time, I grabbed an iced coffee and finished my book, The Illustrated ... read more
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Fridge
View thru my dirty window

Middle East » Qatar » Doha July 25th 2012

There was no one on the flight and we managed to get 12 seats for the 3 of us, meaning we each had 4 to lie on. Who needs business class lie flat beds? Unfortunately we still didn't sleep too well and were pretty exhausted when we arrived in Doha airport. Even though we had been in an equatorial climate for 3 weeks we were hit by the heat in Doha. Luckily the airport has been updated and it is air conditioned and cool, but it is very small and there is very little to do. Not much fun when you have a 9 hour transit. We could have paid to go in elounge but once again Ramadan restrictions thwarted our plans. They were only serving snacks, no alcohol and for some reason there were no ... read more
Greek beer - no ramadan restrictions
Greek salad -yum!
Cool restaurant

Middle East » Qatar » Doha July 14th 2012

So last Thursday I was invited to attend the Intern Induction Day in Al Khor, which must be almost 50 miles north of Doha. Meeting in Doha at 7am so that was exciting, nice long lie. Then we were shuttled there in a coach. By we I mean to say the 20 odd national interns and me, the only international intern in the company. This is an interesting point actually as currently in Qatar there is a big push to get more nationals in the oil and gas sector and there is an ongoing project called "Qatarization" which aims to get nationals represent at least 40% of the workforce here. So this is why there is a huge focus on getting local students internships and scholarships. So it makes me wonder a little bit why I ... read more




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