Greetings from somewhere over the Indian Ocean! I am currently flying Qatar to Indonesia and I figured I would make the most of this 10 hour flight (plus a delay, argh) and not only edit pictures from the past few days but share some with you!
I planned this long holiday from Easter to the early May bank holiday to Bali but the way the flights worked out I had an opportunity to spend a few days in Doha and I took full advantage! I landed early Friday evening and after a quick dip in the pool enjoyed a late dinner and my first ever full moon party. Saturday I spent relaxing by the pool and then left early afternoon for a five hour desert adventure – sand dunning, camel riding, sand boarding, and swimming in the Arabic sea. Then on Sunday I explored central Doha including the Pearl, the Islamic Museum of Art, the Souq, and the Corniche الكورنيش.
As I shared on Instagram, “Exploring Doha today was interesting. Interesting to see how much the city is developing, interesting to see the blend of cultures, interesting to be in a Muslim country on Easter, interesting to see the smog from the refineries, and interesting to be a solo female traveler in the Middle East. And I received what might have to be the most interesting backhanded compliment – a man in the Souk tried to sell me a burka because it would “bring out my beautiful blue eyes” (seeing as they would be the only part of me visible). See, interesting. 🇶🇦” . Take a look at some of the photos I snapped over the last few days.
Of course all of these activities (sand duning, the Museum, and downtown Doha) will get a through deep dive and their own post in time but for now I hope you enjoyed these snapshots of my Easter in the Middle East. And I hope that you are following along on Instagram for the new few weeks of holiday!
Great water fountain. Is the pearl a special symbol there? Is there some special meaning to it?
Looking forward to your deep dive. I really don’t know much about that part of the world. You sure did pack a lot in in a few days.
I just had to go there for business and didn’t get to go on a camel ride. I am so jealous.
Looks like it was a lot of fun and I am going to have to make sure I make time for it on the next trip.
Happy post Easter from afar. What a unique place to spend the holiday. I have never been there before myself and always thought I would pop in on one of my fly overs and that’s just what you did.
Great dress for touring around. The guys on the camel are pretty colorful but they must be sooo hot.
Linda Hilliard says
What a wonderful adventure Kelly! I love the black-and-white dress and the beautiful scenery
Great to explore different cultures and understand more about how different parts of the world think, operate etc…
I have never been there so nice to see it through your eyes…haha with out the burka. Enjoy.