Costa Rica Bound

My move in date for my new place is now 5 day later than anticipated… So naturally instead of paying over priced rates for mediocre hotels, and waiting out the wait, I decided to go for it and book cheap tickets for Costa Rica.

Financially, I figured I’m only going to spend around $150 more by adding in an international adventure, and I can confirm that I’ve never regretted spending money on travel. hand bags yes, shoes yes… but a good book and a ticket somewhere, certainly not.


One month to go!

I’m down to one month left in Doha, before heading stateside. I seem to be hovering in the “I have so much to do, I’ll just take a nap” mode, and “I’ve never been so productive in my life” mode. The balance at the moment does not exist.

One of the challenges I have is that I am essentially starting over. Aside from a few well loved coffee mugs, lots of persian rugs, and my passport, I don’t really have anything to my name. This is made all the more difficult that Barry and I will be operating two households an ocean apart.

So here we are, I’m trying to make a budget while keeping in mind that I know there will be dozens of items that I forget about along the way. The corkscrew and wine glasses have already made the list… wine glasses are versatile… you can drink water out of them if you have to. Hangers are on there too.

How tacky would it be to solicit donations?

Anyone have advice on starting over?

Things I’ll miss about QU

So – I’ve got somewhere around 30 something work days left at Qatar University… I’ve been here since 2013. It’s been challenging, exciting, challenging, and …. challenging.

Here are a few things I’ll miss…

The campus at 6 am – well before the students and faculty arrive – and when all the birds are out. At that time, I can see why QU is considered a beautiful University.

The small sand fish like lizards that sunbathe before 8am

The afternoon call to prayer coming from the mosque

Work days that end at 2:30pm

My colleagues at the College of Arts and Sciences – admin and faculty.