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Sunrise in Amsterdam (for my Kuwait friends)

OK, OK, now I have to tell you the truth.

I am not celebrating Ramadan in Doha this year.

When we moved to Doha, we didn’t know how long we would be there. It could have been just months. I know, I know, those who knew us and knew the situation just gasped and said “Why would you do this?”

We don’t know.

This is our life. This is the life of expat contractors. You always get a choice, but sometimes you do what will help out the company. The packing and unpacking part, the leaving friends part – all that is bad. Really really bad. The moving to a place you have lived before, where you know the roads, you know the grocery stores and gas stations and don’t have to learn everything all over again, and best of all – where you still have good friends – all that is really really good.

So once we learned that we will be in Doha for longer than three months, I quickly booked a trip to Seattle. If we were moving again soon, I wouldn’t have bothered, because these long trips get harder and harder on us.

As we were about to land in Amsterdam, I just happened to look outside the window – and there was the sun. Thinking of all my friends in Kuwait who got sick and tired of the sun rising over the Gulf (hee hee hee, it’s MY blog, and I never get tired of the sunrise! 🙂 ) I thought you might like to see the sun rising over a bunch of nice cool clouds and an airplane wing in Amsterdam.

August 24, 2009 - Posted by | Adventure, Aging, Beauty, Doha, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Friends & Friendship, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Ramadan


  1. Enjoy and do not forget food pics

    Comment by Purgatory | August 24, 2009 | Reply

  2. Oh I miss those sunrise posts!!!

    Comment by ansam518 | August 24, 2009 | Reply

  3. You were in Amsterdam????
    But then I won’t be for much longer either…. 😉

    Comment by Aafke | August 24, 2009 | Reply

  4. Purg, I thought of you this morning as I was eating my oatmeal (or as my sister calls it, spackle) and then decided, no, you will be eating oatmeal soon enough, not to expose you to it’s hideousness too soon. But yes, photos – seafood . . . ummmmmmm! 😀

    Ansam 518, I saw your comment this morning just in time, and alhamd’allah, I have an east-facing window, so I quickly snapped the sunrise over the pines for you. 😀

    Aafke – hee hee hee – just long enough to shower and change planes, dear one. So, you tease! Where are you going? Is this temporary or permanent? 😀

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 24, 2009 | Reply

  5. It’s a temporary preliminary for a possible permanency.

    Comment by Aafke | August 24, 2009 | Reply

  6. You are so sweet 😀

    Comment by ansam518 | August 25, 2009 | Reply

  7. LLOOLL – Deliberately enigmatic, Aafke!

    And you, Ansam. 😀

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 25, 2009 | Reply

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