Here are the pictures from our trip to Singapore and Malaysia. I promise I'm working on writing about our last few trips and what we've been up to the last few months. I promise I will have it done by the end of the month!
I know I know... we went to Morocco like a month ago and I haven't posted about it. I promise I will soon once I have a chance to write up what we did. We just got back from Austria as well and I will write all of that up as well. Also, we leave tonight to go to Singapore and Malaysia for a week, so I'll have to write THAT up too! In any case... here are the pictures from Morocco (you may have seen them on Picasa already) and the fresh of the press Austria pictures! Enjoy!
We made it home safe and sound from Bahrain. It was a lot of fun to hang out with friends and enjoy some of the things you take for granted in the US (aka pork and alcohol!). It was a much deserved break and I hadn't left Qatar in almost 4 months! We had a great time eating, joking around, and seeing the sites. Check out the pictures I took below.
I know I know... I haven't written anything on here in like months... but to be honest we haven't had that much going on here. It's been pretty much the daily grind for the last few months, working hard and playing hard. But now that class is almost over, I thought I would write an update and post some pictures I've taken in 2010.
The first set of pictures is from an Education City coordinated Camel Race. Let me tell you that was definitely a crazy experience! There are roads on both sides of the sand track and all the cars follow along with the camels. We were lucky enough to be able to hop on a bus and catch the last race of the day. You can see the little robots on the backs of the camels. Those robots replaced the children jockeys that they used to use in years past.
The second set of pictures is from a student organized dhow trip. We chaperoned the trip and got to ride on the dhow through the West Bay and over to an Island near the man made island The Pearl. It was lots of fun and if anyone comes to visit, a definite must do!
The third set of pictures is from a visit from a friend from Kuwait. He is in Student Affairs at the American University in Kuwait. We took him out to the souq one night and also took some pictures of the Museum, Corniche, and West Bay. It was a great weekend and a great night!
Our travel plans over the next couple of months are really about to heat up though with classes being over and the slow and ridiculously hot summer about to start. As of right now, we've got 3 trips planned, 2 big ones and a weekend. We kick it off next weekend by going to Bahrain for the the weekend with some friends. It'll be nice to hangout and relax in a place that isn't Doha! Less than a week later we'll be heading to Morocco for 10 days on an Intrepid tour which should be really interesting and fun. Morocco is one of the places we both couldn't wait to go and experience. It'll be really interesting to travel there after living here in Qatar for 8 months. On a side note, I can't believe we've been here for that long already! It's absolutely flown by. Anyway, our next trip we're definitely going on is to Singapore and Malaysia with another couple in July. It should be a blast as well as relaxing as we're planning on spending plenty of time on the beautiful beaches. We've got a few other possible trips, Nepal at the end of June, but we haven't made a definitive decision on that trip at this point. We're also possibly going to Thailand for one of the Eid's this fall but again nothing is set in stone.
Well, that's about all that we have going on here in Doha. Like always, if you're planning a trip anywhere near by (or with in a couple thousand miles!) let us know and we'll see if we can try to meet up with you! We miss you all!
Hi again everyone, sorry it's been so long since I've updated my blog! We obviously have been very busy around here since the last time I posted.
We had a great Christmas break. We were back in the US for about 2 weeks and even got to see some snow in North Carolina! It was very strange to be back, driving was such a pleasure compared to here. We really enjoyed seeing everyone and wished we could have spent longer seeing everyone that we missed. After NC we flew up to Chicago for our annual get together with some of our UNC friends which was great. It was very cold but that was refreshing after living here for almost 6 months, not that I'm complaining about 80 degree weather everyday. All our flights to the US and from the US were very smooth, we were able to sleep just enough to be able to avoid too much jet lag which was a relief.
Coming back to Doha was a shock again. It's funny how quickly we got used to being back in the US! Driving here is still such a chore and I think it always will be! Rachel had to go back to work right away when we got back. I was lucky and had a day off!
That first week back wasn't the most fun however... Due to forces outside of Cornell or Qatar Foundation I was forced to stop working at Cornell. Luckily I had a week to transition everything, but needless to say it was a shock to me and Rachel as well as everyone at Cornell. Luckily, I was able to step into a Teaching Associate position at Texas A&M so I'm not completely out of work! I'm teaching the intro to chemistry lab twice a week which is obviously very entertaining but also exciting as I haven't ever taught a class like this before. There is potential that I could go back to Cornell in 6 months, but we will see how that all pans out. As of now, I'm happy and at least have something to fill my time.
On to happier subjects! We had some more visitors in January. Rachel was part of a Young Professionals Institute setup by QF. Masters and Doctoral students from the University of San Diego and the University of Maryland came over to see how student affairs is applied here in the Middle East. They were here for 2 weeks and got to experience all that Qatar has to offer. Two of the students stayed with us for a few days which was a lot of fun. It was really interesting to see their take on what Doha is like.
Well, that's about all that's going on here. I feel like we're finally settling into a routine and really making this feel like home.
Again, let us know if you have any plans to travel outside the US, we're always interested in meeting people if they'll be near by!