Discovering Doha Post Quarantine

I’ve been in Qatar for nearly two months now and am slowly making time and space for myself to just…exist. Quiet moments of thought and contemplation have been rare while balancing a full-time job that requires 2x the work, a masters, lots of home cooking (not my forte), and keeping up with a consistent fitness routine.

As an introvert, a lot of the social isolation that came with COVID earlier this year felt manageable (at first). Yet even the most extreme introverts crave social interaction, and so it came to be that by the end of my quarantine, getting to go to work was a welcome reprise indeed! Boy it has been an adjustment!

I have become the morning-est morning person that I have ever been in my life. 5 AM wake up and in bed by 9 PM at the latest. A disciplined sleep schedule aside, for the first few weeks, I was just barely keeping my head above water. I thought I had a decent handle on online teaching. I like to think that I’ve at least developed some level of proficiency as a face to face teacher… Then came the blended learning model, and BAM! Just like that I was back at ground zero. Like I said, it’s been an adjustment. I am still learning, and I’m okay with that.

Outside of work, though, I’ve been fortunate to have experienced a sampling of various activities and venues that Doha has to offer.

Souq Waqif

Traditional market with surprisingly clean bathrooms, an assortment of animals, foods, and various local goods.

Market at the W

Word on the street is that hotel brunches are a thing. They aren’t cheap, but compared to my experiences in China, not much is here. I went for a three course meal for the Market’s Supper Club menu at 120 qar per person, plus half off happy hour drinks.

I hear that all-you-can-eat-and-drink brunches are also popular at hotels since they are the only places that serve alcohol. I plan to hit up a few of those this year.

I’ll admit, I need to work on my food photography game. Above features the Tomato Soup (pre-soup), Blackened Hammour, and Market Cheesecake.

Check out some of these photos from @marketdohamenugraph for pictures that actually do the food justice!

Desert Camping

A day of adventures in the sun. Camel riding, dune bashing, and lots of time by the beach!

Dragon Boating

Sunrise on the beach! What more could a girl ask for?

Capoeira

A small community of Capoeiristas who have been teaching me how to dance!