Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Tourist Qatar: Where We've Been

Katie and Kimber in Doha, UPDATE:
 


Beach Beach Beach Beach
 
Yeah, we love The Beach.  But we've been one or two other places, done one or two other things.  For example:
 
jogged around tanks on National Day, donned abayas and sheylas, drove into the desert, shopped Souq Waqif, Carrefour, Spinneys
 
okay these last two are grocery and stuff stores, but since things spoil so fast here (no preservatives) we have to go ALL THE TIME and these shops are interesting and different and therefore are counted as tourist-ish someplaces
 
run the Corniche, stepped behind the 10-foot walls and through the steel gates of the Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, hung at The Pearl
 
above the boardwalk, among the yachts, upscale shopping, restaurants and near the merry go round…we live, jog and tourist The Pearl daily
 
done City Center/Landmark/Villagio/Al Khor: Malls… Imam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab Masjid and Katara: Mosques; Fanar, Inland Sea, Doha Bay Dhow ride, Museum of Islamic Arts and park, Singing Dunes
 
Katie scales the dunes
 
visited Al Khor, hiked Purple Island, missed the run but caught the camels at the Camel Races, poked around Film City
 
real-ish desert village set created for a Qatari tv show -
you need gps to find it
 
feted New Year's Eve at Souq Waqif
 
dinner at the souq
 
searched for and found Al Mazrouh Yard where 22 Doha farms reputedly sell locally grown fruits and vegetables
 
no produce, but this scarecrow-like dude was dressed for salty-soil-farm work
 
pet a falcon
 
Raw chicken off the bone: yummmmmmmm
 
supped at Turkey Central, Zaatar w/ Zeit, Fuddruckers, Chili's, Magic Corn, Haagen Dasz… attended Swalif, leaped pools of standing water during a freakish day-long rainstorm, baked brownies, grilled chicken, boiled rice, made homemade hummus, rolled down a hill at Islamic Museum Park, got pants full-a sand while dunes rumbled beneath us…hung with some really fun peeps
 
Mshiereb Madness BMD style
 
And there's still time for more!  Like, for example, this weekend?  DUBAI.
 
 
We'll keep you posted...
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