"Doha - if you buy the ticket, you take the ride"

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

I've now been in Doha for one month and eleven days, and it already feels like iv been here forever. Tomorrow morning I fly home to England for my big brothers wedding and then on Monday I hop on a plane back out to the desert to continue my Arabian adventures.

I've barely had any time at all to update my blog but when I get back its top priority, so much to write about but so little time!

A colleague of mine who has lived in Doha now for five years completely summed this place up for me - if you buy the ticket, you take the ride. It's so true. Doha is one crazy emotional rollercoaster. You can have one really amazing day out here where you look around you and know that taking the leap to come out here was the right decision and that its going to be the best adventure of your life. Then the very next day, something will happen that makes you question why you ever left the comfort of your Hertfordshire home, and leaves you craving a cosy Sunday in bed with your cat (or maybe that last bit is just me...)

I know every job you do, and every place you live has its ups and downs, but I guess here everything seems magnified because you are thousands of miles away from your family and friends. I'm lucky in that I'm surrounded by friends here, but if I'm on a downer sometimes the people you really need to speak to are the people who have known you all your life, the ones who know you inside out, know exactly how you are feeling and what's happened in your life to make you feel that way.

That's how I felt last night, and after finishing a 13 hour day at work I collapsed on my hotel bed and face timed one of my very best friends for a catch up. Just seeing and hearing a familiar face/voice helped no end, and after the call I felt better and cracked on with my packing (trying to squeeze two suitcases worth of clothes into one so I can take an empty case home is mission impossible!)

Last day at work today - I know il have a million and one emails to catch up on when I land next Monday, amazing how much you can miss after just five days away!

I'm hoping being at home, surrounded by my nearest and dearest and my animals won't make me refuse to fly back to Doha...I know deep down that I want to carry on the adventure, despite how hard it seems at times, so hopefully come Monday ill be boarding that plane in the knowledge that when I land, I can start making a life for myself in Qatar. Il start my residency process, become permanent staff, and be moving into my shiny new apartment overlooking Doha city with two great girl friends. Let the adventure begin!


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