I have a really hard time explaining the size of Qatar. After all it has been here for centuries and we somehow never talked about it in school. Just how small is Qatar?
Qatar is ranked 164th in area and 148th in population amongst the world’s sovereign states. It is a little bit smaller than Connecticut (14,357 km²) or Puerto Rico (13,792 km²), but is nearly three times as big as the USA’s smallest state, Rhode Island (4,002 km²). - (Qatar)
A lot of people suggest taking a car where you want to go and not driving yourself since there wont be anywhere to park when you do arrive. For me a driver or taxi can be 40-50 RIY, which is about 10-15 USD. A taxi can be cheaper but I find that drivers, as opposed to taxis, are more likely to know where they are going. I would rather spend an extra 10RIY and not have to give directions or get lost. Since I don't drive I am very oriented to landmarks, I can often get a lost cabbie home by asking if he can find Sidra Hospital. In Qatar the taxis are blue and not yellow. Drivers often drive Toyotas or Hondas with no markings so you cannot tell from the sidewalk if they can take you home or not. I have lots of numbers in my cell for drivers just in case. When I first arrived three people gave me the number of the same driver. I took this as a good sign and I use this driver during the week to get to work and also on weekend trips.
I've been sick this week. I am learning many new home remedies for the common cold. I was given a cup of tea with Zatar spice in it. Zatar tastes a lot like thyme. I was not feeling well and when asked how I liked the tea, I erupted in a giggle and announced that it tasted like pizza. I have also tried chewing honey comb for my sore throat. The honey is lovely. It is soothing and it coats a raspy throat. However the beeswax has no taste and once the honey is gone its a lot like old chewing gum. I am grateful to have packed Ricola cough drops, Airborne and Sudafed. Of course I also drink a lot of tea but that is readily available.
Sorry not so many fun pictures this time but with my nose as red as Rudolph I think I can save the photo-op for another day.
If you are bored you can always post questions in the comments and I'll try to answer those. I haven't been out adventuring since I got sick so I don't have as much to write about. I could give you a breakdown of my day. Worked in my cubicle, had meeting...repeat. I tease.