Why my blog went quiet

The Pearl, Qatar

  10 years ago I worked in a hotel in a small Austrian ski village. It wasn’t a great experience – I ended up resigning after deciding that I didn’t really like cleaning the loos of English package tourists for €0.76/hour on a mountain with no snow. I had nothing to lose and the boss […]

Qatar in Pictures, 2013 so far

Katara Qatar


14 reasons to love Qatar

Qatar National Day

Happy Qatar National Day everyone! To celebrate this auspicious occasion I have compiled a list of some of the things to love about this lovely little boiling hot country.   Everyone calls you ‘Dear’ or ‘Habbibi’ You get to fly Qatar Airways everywhere, the BEST airline in the world! Limes are really cheap (about 15c each) You […]

Qatar in Pictures, August 2012

August Slider

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 […]



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 […]

9 Rules for Expats in Qatar

Rules 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 […]

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 […]

Your job in Qatar

Offices in Doha

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 […]

Q&A: An expat fasting for Ramadan

Expat 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 […]

Newbie Tuesdays: Ramadan – what to expect

Ramadan lamp

I’ve written a guest post for yTravel Blog on Ramadan in Qatar from an expat’s point of view. Pop over and check it out if you’re wondering what to expect. If it sounds full on don’t worry – Ramadan’s great fun and if you follow all the rules you’ll be fine. The best advice I can give is, […]

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