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Before You Leave Doha – No Regrets

I was neither the first nor the last of my group to leave Doha. Well, yes, actually, I was the first, I left Doha for Kuwait, but it doesn’t count because I came back and then was no longer the first to leave. The next to leave are leaving soon, so I want to share something with you.

All my visitors from Kuwait bought these at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. I didn’t get it. It just doesn’t rain that much in Kuwait, but the umbrellas are only 100 QR, and that is a reasonable price for a big umbrella, well made.

My last visit to the Museum of Islamic Art, just before leaving, I broke down and bought one, too, and packed it immediately for moving to Pensacola. I was with a good friend, she bought one too. I kind of wondered if I would ever use it.

We are getting some serious rain in Pensacola, related to Hurricane Alex. Do you have any idea how BIG hurricanes are, even smaller ones? They whoosh around in a huge counter-clockwise circle, and if you look at a satellite photo, you will see that the circular whoosh can cover hundreds of miles – thus, pouring rain in Pensacola.

I had put my umbrella in the car, as a just in case. Yesterday, I had an opportunity to unfurl it for the first time.

It is gorgeous.

Some things don’t translate well. Some things you buy, you look at and wonder ‘Why did I buy this?” It looks so good in Doha, but you get it back to the USA and . . . sometimes, it doesn’t look so good.

This umbrella looks GREAT. It is so classic, in the ivory, and I love the silver and gold pattern; it is subtle and beautiful. It really covers well, too, and keeps the rain off you and one other. 🙂 This is a very good buy!

July 1, 2010 - Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Cross Cultural, Doha, ExPat Life, Friends & Friendship, Hurricanes, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Pensacola, Qatar, Shopping

4 Comments »

  1. I remember stepping off the plan in Doha at 2am local time only to be hit with a blast of hot air. I’m a Floridian through and through, but Doha was hot!

    Comment by Suwannee Refugee | July 1, 2010 | Reply

  2. LLOOLL, Suwanee Refugee, Kuwait is hotter!

    I was telling my Mom, I would go shopping early in the morning, literally home by 9:30 am, no later, and would only very rarely leave the house between then and nightfall. Occasionally I did, and the strength of the heat could make you faint-headed. You learn to stay hydrated; it’s so hot and dry sometimes you are losing water without sweating, you don’t even know how dehydrated you are.

    Actually, in comparison, Pensacola is a piece of cake, except for our electrical bills. 😦 I do like my air conditioning. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 1, 2010 | Reply

  3. Beautiful…mine is waiting to be sent to TX!

    Comment by Grammy | July 2, 2010 | Reply

  4. I hope you find you love it as much as I love mine, Grammy! I was surprised how much I like it! Thanks for the wonderful memories. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 2, 2010 | Reply


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