My wife and daughter were extended the privilege to visit the country of Qatar for 10 days. Having a 10-day international holiday is just what the doctor ordered. Her and I have been operating at a frantic pace: her with L&A, and me with the Florida Flight. On top of that, it is always a joy to get to spend some time with family. We also want Angelica to have a very cultural upbringing, being able to expose her to the many diversities that come with people from different countries.
I love flying internationally. Flights are long, but you get so much better service. Plus, it’s nice to be able to catch up on some movies. I had been wanting to see The Social Network, Eat Pray Love and The Town for a while. I watched The Social Network first, and started the other two. I dozed off during Eat Pray Love (not because it was boring…it was 4AM EST). I was in the middle of The Town when we approached Doah – bummer. I’ll finish them both off on the way back.
Multicultural experiences are very exciting to me. Traveling abroad can be uncomfortable at first. The foods and beverages are often unique, and one look at a Buddhist Temple or Islamic Mosque quickly reminds you that Christianity is not the majority religion everywhere. I remember my first trip to Sri Lanka. Watching people travel by three-wheelers, and seeing people dressed in one piece garments stretched my ideas of what was normal. Within a day, I was eating the same foods, appreciating the religious architecture, and wearing a sarong (which kept falling off, so, for obvious reasons, I had to revert to my own clothes until getting more practice). These days I’m a better international traveler. You have to be open-minded to truly experience the different cultures.
At first impression, Doha, Qatar is a place with eccentric architecture. There is a place called the Hyper Market (which I’m guessing is the next step up from a “super” market), and the buildings are not your typical boxed skyscrapers. Even getting online was quite the experience. My home page, which is google, had loads of Arabic writing, and the typing started from right to left instead of left to right.
The picture above is not from me. I found it via google. We’ve spent the first day relaxing and getting over the jet lag, but hope to venture out and have plenty of my own pictures and video throughout the trip. I’m hoping to actually play some basketball here sometime as well. Who knows…perhaps I’ll connect with someone from the pro basketball scene, and we can set up something for our Florida Flight players in the distant future.
Regardless, I’m looking forward to the down time ahead. I usually operate with what many have deemed a pretty intense work ethic. 10 days of R & R will definitely be beneficial before starting the 2011 Flight Season.
Until next time…