Thursday, December 1, 2011

Doha Driving - and Other Stuff

Bob and I talk every day. 
Like most people who’ve been married 26+ years, we love talking about our fabulous, remarkable, wondrous, charming, awesome kids: 

Our darling, delectable, delicious, squeezable grandkids:

Money (which, Bob claims, does not grow on trees):
And, of course, he never forgets to tell me how beautiful I am:
skype action photo
Since Bob’s in Qatar we also discuss a wide variety of other topics like the washing machine that washes and dries inside the same drum and how when he went to the mall for lunch his group could sit in the food court’s family section only because there was a woman in his group.  That his apartment boasts not one, but TWO windows that open into the elevator lobby and that Qataris don’t give change – everything is rounded to the nearest QR (Qatari Riyal).
No matter how varied the conversation, however, there’s one subject that always comes up -


The city of Doha is arranged around a series of traffic circles, which it appears one is required to take at warp speed.  Road lines are merely a suggestion.  Trucks, compact cars and SUVs compete for available space by approaching slower moving vehicles (ie, Bob) from behind, lights flashing, horns honking.  If space is unavailable (as is usually the case), well, there’s always the sidewalk, median, or opposing traffic side of the street - if you can do it without getting hit.
what happens when you go against traffic at warp speed
Don’t look for police wielding ticket pads, either.  Drivers are expected to check regularly to see if there’s an “offence against your vehicle” posted and arrange to pay the fine.  Or else…you don’t get to leave the country.
How bad is the traffic?  Bob’s apartment is approximately 6 miles from his office – yet it often takes 45 minutes to get to work.  So every day, we talk about how awful the traffic is.
And then?  We talk about our kids.

Aren’t they beautiful?


Anonymous said...

I think he should WALK to work! He'd probably get there faster than driving! Of course he should probably avoid the sidewalks since the cars drive there as well... Kay

Anonymous said...

Well done. --helping us get to know Qatar. And letting us see your delectible kids and grandkids again. Never too much of them.

Driving doesn't seem to get him to work any faster than walking, or provide safety either. It'll be nice for you to have had Bob get to know Qatar before you and Kim & K8T get there!

MaryAnn's Travels said...

And I thought D.C. was a crazy traffic mess!

Lucinda H. Kennaley said...

I'm told that Doha is "not a walking city" - too much construction and TRAFFIC. This is why it's nice to live at the Pearl where there IS safe walking. (If you CAN, not on crutches.)