Meeting new friends

paul35

paul35

The best pancake place in Doha is Ric’s Kountry Kitchen. It opened here in 1997 by Rick, from Oklahoma, who was an oilman in the Persian Gulf. After quite a few years of oil work, he decided to open a pancake place in Doha. Pictured to my right are Ric’s daughter Ashley (Harley shirt) and her best friend Michelle. On the tube is the Miami – Dallas game.  A special subscription needs to be purchased in order to watch NFL games all season. Pancakes, brewed coffee, and an NFL game.  Almost feels like home. Perhaps I’ll start gaining weight now.
This is the first day of Eid, which follows Ramadan. It’s about a 2 week holiday for Qatari’s and other Muslims across the Arab World. Kind of like our Christmas. We expats get only 3 of the days off, but they’re in conjunction with a weekend, so I’m at the start of 5 days off. I’ll get my apartment in order, see a few sights, and do some running. Quite hot and humid (for another month) but I really don’t mind.
Next stop is the Souq, which is nearby Ric’s.  I need to shop for some small baskets to hold all the little miscellaneous piles of stuff I have stashed around the apartment. I need to clean things up before Sheikha Gaila arrives next month. Rather than purchasing the nondescript baskets at Ikea, I decided to hold off and find some more original baskets from the Souq or possibly the Omani Market which specialize in many regional goods continuing the ancient trading traditions.
Happy running. Enjoy the Peppermint Run this weekend!
Eid Mubarak.
Paul

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Around town

Around town

I was just at Starbucks at City Center Mall for some shopping this evening. (Not driving quite yet due to the long process in obtaining a license.) I sat down and started chatting with this fellow, Fadi. We talked for over an hour. He has a metal fab shop in Doha. He has a brother and cousins with businesses in California and Arizona. He’s visited there several times with his family, wife and 3 kids. He offered to give me a lift back to the Pearl just now. Nice fellow. I will treat for coffee next time we meet. He speaks good English and is a fountain of information about things to do in Doha.
Gail, I am serious about taking you on a 4wd sand dune excursion and sleeping in a Bedouin tent far off in the desert. It’s all the rage here in winter.
Love,
Paul