MAKING HOME AWAY FROM HOME Posted by B JAMES on Sunday 16th of December 2012 02:40:13 PM
It is very strange how we humans used to one way of life and freaking out at the mere thought of starting a new life in a new place can adapt so easily. Our children, who we worry about the most, take even less. I have lived in England all my life, born, raised and spent early years of married life till we moved to Qatar a few years back.
My husband was encouraged into taking up this job by his friends who had lived in the Middle East for most part of their lives and were quite content with it. When James broke the news to me, it only brought back memories from the movie “Lawrence of Arabia” I had seen as a child, vast stretches of sand desert, camels, scorching heat and no water. To all my apprehensions, James had only one answer “you’ll get used to it.” He left and we had to pack.
Not so thrilled at the prospect of relocating to the Middle Eastern country, I did my best to put up a cheerful face for my mother who thought even worse as if we would be out there in the desert under the sky in tents and moving around on camels.
It was October when we landed in Doha , driven to our new home thirty five minutes away from the airport. On our way the children looked out of the window and asked” mommy, we are not in the desert yet…how long is it going to be?” and the chauffer smiled and told us in English in his warm Asian accent about the landmark buildings on both sides of the road. Little prepared were we for that welcoming atmosphere as we stepped out of the elevator on the 9th floor towards our new ‘home’. It was beautiful; all the rooms in our apartment were bright with sunlight with one side overlooking the deep blue sea. The boys were super excited running from one room to another, asking loads of questions about things I had no idea about.
With children settled in school, i got acquainted with a few families living on the same floor as us and even made some friends to start my once a month bingo parties. Come December and it was time to miss home. I still had no idea how to celebrate Christmas living in a predominantly moslem country. Unexpectedly, it turned out to be another wonderful experience and for that one must laud the efforts made by the Qatari leaders for making Doha a second home to communities of different faiths and culture.
Ever since in Doha, we have been celebrating our Christmas with all the festivities around us, friends, Santa and his elves, Christmas concert, Christmas tree and loads of shopping and exchange of gifts. Something was missing perhaps….snow….but then we are in a desert…..aren’t we?
Qatartalks Launch Posted by Admin on Sunday 18th of November 2012 10:44:31 PM It has been almost 2 years since we thought of launching a very own Q&A website for Qatar. Today we believe is the right day and we are launched!!
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