One month is left since my arrive in Doha. Not to much time but sufficient to start understanding some amazing qatari traditions.
Here a list of what you can expect to find (or NOT find) in Doha after a month of daily routine.
1. Crazy traffic.
Forget about highway road around Milan at 8am or 5pm. Forget about Rome. Forget about Naples. Forget about Italy, in general! Here traffic is more bad! Further, Qatari people are really crazy when they drive. Roads are quite big so speedy limits are higher than in Italy.
And what about roundabouts? You arrive, you slow down a bit (and you’re doing that because you are not from Qatar), you go inside, you close your eyes, you think about your loves, you crush the accelerator, you go out from the other side and you just say “Thanks”!
2. Petrol is cheap.
All people from ALL places in the world understand how good this news is. Thanks for this it’s possible to buy a bigger and more powerful car. Well, actually you have to buy one of these huge suvs if you would like to survive here ( see point before).
So, when I was in Milan I used to drive my little Fiat 500. Now I drive a 7-seats-car. It scares me a bit but it makes me feel even stronger!
3. No puff pastry.
I’m not able to find puff pastry at the grocery store. And I used to go to Carrefour store which is really big. No, huge. I hope to find soon some little “Eataly” stores where it is possible to get puff pastry (at the same price of a Celine bag, of course).
I know that don’t-find-puff-pastry doesn’t sound as a disaster. But even if I’ve been leaving alone since 10 years, I’m not exactly a fan of cooking. I’m not bad, but it’s not my passion. So you can understand that puff pastry often saves me by allowing me to cook easy recipes!
4. Opening hours.
Stores are open till 10pm. And grocery stores till midnight. And trust me, one day I finished to follow my grocery’s list 5 minutes before midnight!
5. Cool. Warm. Hot.
If you come from outside Qatar you will never talk about cold temperature. In winter there are between 24 – 30 degrees. And this is what Qatari people call cold temperature!
Actually you need a light jacket or a sweater in the evening, And if you go in a mall. Air conditioning makes me feel crazy. It seems to enter in a refrigerator room.
Even in the summer A/C is too high. Ok summers in Doha are hot. Really hot. More then 40 degrees. But if you are thinking to go inside a mall (where else would you go with 40 degrees?) you have to go out with a scarf or a sweater.
6. Mall means everything.
Since summers are hot – and when I refers to summer I mean from May to October – most of entertainments are inside malls. In fact, in malls there are: luna park, ice-skating rink, all kind of stores, food courts, spa (some for Ladies only), gym.
Well, you can find everything in a mall. Except the puff pastry.
Yes, one month is already over. Some things are strange. Some traditions are so far from mine. But at the moment I’m happy to be here. My husband and my home are here now!
|My new car called BIG
|Villaggio Mall at 11pm
|The Torch Hotel
|A night in Doha
Laura M.December 7, 2013
Deve essere davvero una bella esperienza!
Fashionable GirlDecember 7, 2013
nice photo !
Marina GhirgaDecember 7, 2013
Che carine queste foto!
mysecretfashionpoisonDecember 7, 2013
Chissà che bello! Scatti fantsatici :-D
Viky --- MySecretFashionPoison
EliSDecember 7, 2013
Penso che tu stia vivendo un'esperienza unica! Sembra un parco giochi gigante :D
SamDecember 7, 2013
Doha actually sounds like a pretty amazing yet different experience, and everything is tax free isn't it? I don't know if I could survive the heat and the crazy drivers! But the petrol is really cheap, thats a huge plus. Cant believe its so difficult to find puff pastry...maybe you should find out at a bakery if they are willing to feel you some. Have a splendid weekend dear!
Giada FicheraDecember 7, 2013
Deve essere davvero bello! Le tue parole e i tuoi scatti fanno venire voglia di partire. Un bacio e buon week end. Giada Mitzilove
FrancescaDecember 7, 2013
Ciao Chiara!!Che posto meraviglioso...anche se posso capire che tu senta la mancanza di casa...scusami se mi faccio gli affari tuoi ma come mai vi siete trasferiti a Doha?
un bacione Francesca
Chiara T.December 9, 2013
Ciao Francesca! Ho seguito mio marito che per lavoro deve seguire un progetto qui! E quindi..nuova vita!
FrancescaDecember 11, 2013
Scusami se sono stata indiscreta ma sono una curiosona!!Ti faccio un in bocca al lupo per questa tua nuova vita!
Chiara T.December 11, 2013
Ma che discreta!! Anzi mi fa solo piacere l'interesse!
Mihaela PojoguDecember 7, 2013
Lovely photos! Great night in Doha :)
ClaudiaDecember 7, 2013
Mi affascinano molto i paesi come quello in cui vivi tu o altri degli Emirati Arabi. Mi piacerebbe molto visitarli. Caspita 25/30° d'inverno!!Wow!!
Un bacione Chiara!!
Diana AshuayemDecember 7, 2013
Jackie HarrisonDecember 7, 2013
Beautiful images what a an amazing country I guess you need to see what its there known pastry if found please share. As per crazy driver thats nerve racking. Have a great weekend doll.
Katja momentaufnahmenDecember 7, 2013
Ich bin gerade auf deinen Blog gestoßen, und finde ihn richtig toll :)
Schau doch mal auf meinem Blog vorbei.
Vielleicht hast du ja Lust mir zu Folgen?
Ich freue mich auf deinen Besuch.
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MartaDecember 7, 2013
Hello from Spain: great pics. I I like Christmas with warmth and good weather. Keep in touch
Donatella GaetaDecember 7, 2013
eccomi ad unirmi a te come tua follower!
il blog è carino e minimale :)
ciao a presto!
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BeautetudeDecember 7, 2013
Nice post dear I hope your having a lovely day.
The Dainty Dolls HouseDecember 7, 2013
Stunning pictures xx
ChahrazadDecember 7, 2013
Sounds good. Would love to visite Doha some day.
*TDM*December 7, 2013
Ciao Chiara ! Bellissime foto , un posto mrraviglioso ♥
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miss bDecember 7, 2013
Your post brings back memories of our trip to Doha a couple of months ago. I thought The Torch was spectacular and we enjoyed wandering around the Villagio Mall but I agree, it can be chillly in the malls.
LoveT.December 7, 2013
big Hugs <3
Talhara RuizDecember 7, 2013
great post. and nice pictures! thanks for your comments.
fedi brunoriDecember 8, 2013
i perfectly understand you.i live too in a foreign country, unfortunally i am not so happy like you are, to be here..and every year i say that the next one i will turn home..but i am still here...3 almost 4 years here..uffiii... i didn't understand yet why you moved to quatar? i mean the reason for which you moved.
M.EDecember 8, 2013
What an interesting adventure! I have been to Doha but only on layovers, I hope to find the time to visit the city one day :)
Barbara de RoblesDecember 8, 2013
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FedeDecember 8, 2013
alla fine tranne il traffico direi non male questo primo mese, beata te che stai al caldo
I LOVE SHOPPING
thebeautifulessenceDecember 8, 2013
Sicuramente stai facendo una bellissima esperienza, in questo momento invidio soprattutto il caldo!
Dania CarboniniDecember 8, 2013
Io non sapevo tu vivessi li....Certo, deve essere un bel cambio rispetto all' Italia...
Bello il luna park, il l adoro.
Un bacio grande
Francesca Romana CapizziDecember 8, 2013
Ma tu pensa che io mi sonos empre lamentata del traffico di roma.....e li e' peggio??? OMMIODDIO!!!
Vale ♥December 8, 2013
Mi piace leggere delle differenze, sicuramente stai imparando un sacco con questa esperienze particolare ! In questo momento ti invidio il caldo ! Un bacio
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María José BlancoDecember 8, 2013
Che belle foto.
the chilicoolDecember 8, 2013
Una bella esperienza e che belle foto!
Mitha KomalaDecember 8, 2013
have fun in your new city dear! and goodluck <3
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Nequéren ReisDecember 8, 2013
Olá!!!, Deus seja contigo, tenha uma semana abençoada, amiga post lindo amei SUCESSO AMIGA.
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beautyandfashionfreaks.comDecember 8, 2013
Nice post! lovely pictures :)
Maria Laura ArgyropoulosDecember 8, 2013
Nice pics baby!
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Nerline GermainDecember 8, 2013
Wonderful experience. I can't wait to visit!!
IndieSanDecember 9, 2013
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Kim AlstonDecember 9, 2013
I've heard their malls are absolutely fabulous! I bet their petrol is cheap. Wish it was that way here. LOL The temps are ever changing. HaHa