It is that time of the year for me. On this day, 3 years ago I arrived in Qatar. 1,096 days living as an expat.
It has become a bit of a tradition for me to give a list of things I’ve learned over the last year.
I went to the beach for the first time this year.
Not for the first time in my life, but the first time in Qatar. It was stunning & the water was so clear, although quite warm.
I’ve gotten into the tea culture.
There are so many different cuisines available in Doha & along with that comes a huge range of teas. I don’t drink coffee & this is a great opportunity for me to get out of my comfort zone. Whether it is karak, Turkish tea or milk tea, my weekends have some form of tea in them.
I still haven’t gotten used to the heat.
I mentioned this in the two previous posts about living here. I cannot get used to the summer heat. The last few days have been okay, but every time I leave the comfort of air-conditioning I get a shock. I don’t think I will ever get used to it.
I’ve seen more of the country.
Over the last year I’ve seen more of the country than I did before. Although Doha is the center of everything & growing at a phenomenal pace, there are things to be seen a bit further out.
Covid restrictions have generally been easing over the last few months (with a bit of tightening a few months ago). This has allowed more things to happen & activities to return. I see this as positive because one of the things I enjoyed the most about living abroad was the hype of new places to see & activities to do. I hope this hype gets to return soon, I’m sure it will.
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