• Pregnant in Qatar

    Resources for pregnant women in Qatar

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    If I ever pictured my pregnancy, I imagined myself surrounded by friends and family who diligently escorted me to ultrasounds and kept watch over my belly for 9 months. In reality, no one from my family saw me pregnant, except via Skype. And that’s ok. Because although having a baby abroad can be a lonely […]

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  • Staying sane

    Driving in Qatar: Staying Sane

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    I’ve given my advice on how to get comfortable on the roads in Qatar (hint: practice!) in a previous blog post, but what should you do once you’re safely (ha!) in the saddle? How can you make it through the daily dash to work, the crawl to Carrefour or the Friday night fury? Here are […]

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  • West Bay, Doha

    Reader Qn: Apartments

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    Hi, I have been approached regarding an opportunity to work on the upcoming metro tunnel that is going to be built in Doha for the World Cup. I’ll be moving there alone, so could you please tell me about accommodation type, price and availability? Are there 1 or 2 year contracts? Regards, Reader   Hi […]

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  • Medic Image

    Are you prepared for an accident in Qatar?

    Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    Ok, a disclaimer: The following blog is based on a medical emergency I witnessed. I will give my account of events but I am not a doctor or medical professional. I am not qualified to give medical advice. On then… There was an accident in the apartment building where I live. A man fell very […]

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  • Trucks in Doha

    Newbie Tuesdays: Learning to drive in Qatar

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    The driving conditions in Qatar are infamous, and rightly so. In fact, you are more likely to die in a vehicle accident in Qatar than from a stroke, according to a study published in 2014, which is the highest ratio in the world. So, that’s scary. And made more so by the fact that many […]

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Gangnam Styel Doha
Nov
11

Gangnam Style in Doha

That is all.

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question
Oct
14

Don’t ask why

Not long after I arrived in Doha I was handed a piece of  paper by one of my new friends which was a compiled list of mantras or sayings that expats had adopted to rationalise their new lives and help them get through the many unusual and trying situations they encountered. Top of the list was: […]

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September slider
Oct
5

Qatar in Pictures, September 2012

Images top left to right: Zig Zag Towers; Poolside on the 19th floor at The Torch hotel; Clouds over Qatar; Qatar Philharmonic performing Dvorak.

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Get Fit Doha
Oct
2

3 reasons to get fit in Doha

I don’t know about you, but I was a real sloth this summer. Any day of the week I could find a dozen reasons to not exercise. But now that winter’s on its way I’ve got no excuse. In fact, I’ve even found 3 great reasons to hit the treadmill. Health gurus are always trying […]

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DTFF
Sep
18

Event Volunteering in Qatar

  A common comment you might hear around the Qatar water coolers (aka Twitter) is that expats don’t meet enough a) new people, b) diverse people, c) local people. Luckily there is a solution: volunteering! There are heaps of volunteering opportunities in Doha and while I’m not going to go into them all just now, […]

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August Slider
Sep
3

Qatar in Pictures, August 2012

Images top left to right: A wreck that haunts me every day; Eid chocolates, a gift from the Aspire Zone; Drinking water … yuk; A confusing ad when you don’t know what day Eid actually starts; 40 at 8.30 am; The vegetable section at Family Food Al Rayyan. I never know what anything is; The […]

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Storm
Aug
30

Negativity

Lately I’ve been looking back over the past year and what it felt to be a newbie in Doha. So this post seems fitting. I wrote it just under a year ago (you can tell because I refer to the, now dry, Mango Tree Sun Downers). This really was a huge issue when I was […]

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Bill Bryson quote2
Aug
27

4 fab expat quotes by Bill bryson

An expat himself, Bill Bryson is an author I just love to read. In many of his travel memoirs he ponders the good and bad bits of expat life. Here are 4 of my favourite quotes. Photo used in first image found here.

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Rules Qatar
Aug
20

9 Rules for Expats in Qatar

I have written a guest post for the Matador Network titled ‘9 Rules for Expats in Qatar’. I really enjoyed writing this piece and having a chuckle about the unusual rules we expats follow here. I think you can become so accustomed to them that you forget that they once seemed foreign. I know a lot of […]

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July slider
Aug
12

Qatar in Pictures, July 2012

Images top left to right: Soup and internet – there’s a lot of that during Ramadan!; Al Waab St; Graffiti; An abandoned shed; Dust; my guest post for yTravel Blog.

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Closed
Aug
9

Qatar Ramadan Diary: Simply confusing for an expat

Below is my original piece for Doha News and their Ramadan Diary. As I’ve said, due to a timing conflict, this is not what I submitted. You can view my reviewed, published piece here. I find it quite funny that I wrote this before Ramadan started. It’s so perky and optimistic! I still believe it’s true, I’m […]

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Ramadan 2 weeks
Aug
5

Ramadan – 2 weeks in

A few weeks ago I was invited by Doha News to write a guest post for their Ramadan Diary feature. The brief was: “We are looking for anecdotes, thoughts, reflections, experiences on Ramadan. The experiences/thoughts can be good/bad/black/white/gray and come from non-Muslims and Muslims”. So pretty broad, really. I originally wrote a piece about my […]

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Xray
Jul
31

Newbie Tuesdays: The medical test

In order to get a Residency Permit for Qatar, every expat must have a medical test to make sure they don’t have any infectious diseases. They take blood and do an X-ray to screen for Tuberculosis, Hepatitis and HIV. My medical test took place around 1 year ago. In 2011 this was the day before […]

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Offices in Doha
Jul
27

Your job in Qatar

I’m going to tell you something about your job in Qatar. It’s not what you think. It might look the same. You may have a job title resembling the job you had at home. You might even have a job description that outlines the role you have signed up for and you might recognise some […]

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Expat Ramadan
Jul
23

Q&A: An expat fasting for Ramadan

Many see Ramadan as a Muslim thing. Sure, expats living in Middle Eastern countries are affected somewhat, but when compared to those who are fasting, the adjustments we have to make can’t really compare. Most people are happy to leave it like that. Not Brooke. An Aussie girl who’s lived here for 4 years, she […]

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