Well, I’m back home in Doha, and I hope to start posting about the trip soon. It was a blast. I learned a lot, and I got some great pictures. I’m going through pics right now to post with some little anecdotes. Watch for a new post in the next couple of days!
Just a quick post to say that I’m in the airport waiting to board my plane to Malaysia. I’m going to visit some college friends for a week, and I’m super excited. I’ve never been to that area of the world, so this is going to be a whole new experience for me. It’s also sure to be a very relaxing time mentally, physically, and spiritually.
I’m not sure what my internet access will be like, but I’m sure I’ll be posting some great stories and pictures in the near future!
OK everyone, my 1100+ pictures are finally uploaded to my site. These are all without any editing or really anything, so there are probably some that I need to throw out because of doubles, out of focus, etc.
It’s taking forever, but I’m slowly getting my pictures uploaded to my site. You can go ahead and see what I have so far here. I’m just doing a batch upload of all of the pictures that I have, so there may be a lot of pictures that are out of focus, too dark, or duplicates. I hope to go through the pics and clean some of them up, but I just wanted to get them online soon.
This is just a quick post to let you know that I am at the airport getting ready to head out to Jordan for 10 days. I’m really excited…. duh. Look for more posts and pics to come!
I went to the desert yesterday with some new friends, and we had a blast. I hadn’t been to the desert since April, so I was really excited to get the chance again. It’s so fun driving over the dunes, and my Xterra handles it so well. We drove a pretty easy route, since we weren’t that experienced. There were still some pretty tricky parts, though.
Once we got to the Insland Sea, we set up camp and then swam for a while. The water was perfect and so refreshing. It was such a relaxing and beautiful day. I really enjoyed the trip, and I now have the wonderful sunburn to deal with. Oh well 🙂
I have lots of pics from the trip that you can check out here.
I went to Souk Waqif the other night with some friends and had a wonderful time. We ate dinner at a Moroccan restaurant and then went and sat ouside smoking shisha and talking for a couple of hours. It was a great time of joking around and people watching. Check out the pictures.
I’m about to leave to go to through the desert to the beach with some more new friends that I have made recently. These are some of the first friends I have made here that are not affiliated with Education City. They all work for oil companies here. Believe it or not, the oil and gas industry is pretty big here. Who would have known that?
More pictures to come!
Today is my parents’ 29th wedding anniversary. Wow. This is sadly becoming more and more unheard of, so I brag about them whenever I get the chance 🙂
Thank you, Mom and Dad, for your love and support of me in all of my crazy adventures. I love you, and I’m so thankful for you.
If you’ve never lived in a foreign country, you may not understand the importance of extremely cheap ways to call home. I have a voice over IP (VoIP) line that works over the internet to give me a Dallas phone number. This makes it super easy to keep in touch with friends and family, and it lets me conduct any business with companies in the States that I need to. I pay a monthly fee that’s cheaper than my cell phone was when I lived in Texas. I also use Skype a lot for video conferencing and even computer-to-phone calls.
There have been a lot of news reports here lately saying that it was illegal to use these services, because it takes away from the income of the telecom provider here. I don’t think this affected expatriates like me as much as it did the much lower-paid workers that work way too hard for very little money. Inflation is bad enough here without them having to shell out big bucks to call home.
Anyway, here’s a story from the paper today that explains the whole situation and finally gives an official stance.
So there’s a really important update that I’ve been meaning to write but never got the chance. I am now on vacation in the US for almost 3 weeks. Yeah, it’s a pretty big deal…sorry for leaving that one out 🙂 I arrived in Dallas early this afternoon to very excited parents (duh). I’m really excited to be here. Work has been really busy and tiring, and I was definitely ready for a vacation.