Inspired at Aspire

29 Nov

 Whilst people who live in countries that receive a fair amount of rainfall may not fully appreciate a public park or green spaces within the city, most of the expat desert-dwelling  community remain besotted with them. We live for the greenery that a holiday will bring. One of the MOST impressive things about the desert country of Qatar is the greenery that continues to spread across the city of Doha.  This is the main road, Al Waab Street, that runs past our compound.  I find the well-maintained, grass-covered centre island and sidewalks wonderful. It instantly lifts my spirits and makes me very happy to be here when I drive down this road, in the fast lane, taking photographs through the window and chatting to Luka all at the same time!

After being housebound for the last few days, cleaning, sorting and generally trying to make our house feel like a home, Luka and I headed out for a spot of grocery shopping and some adventure this morning. We found Aspire Park, part of the world-class Aspire sport facilities and stadia, a mere 10 minute drive from our house. The Aspire Tower served as part of the sporting facility for the Asian Games in 2006 and has subsequently been converted into a hotel.

 This park was not yet built when we lived here 4 years ago and had me smiling like a Cheshire cat all morning. It feels a lot like the parks you find in European cities and reminds me a little of Hyde Park in London, just not quite as many trees.

The ducks are real. The sound of birds chirping in the trees: playing through the speakers located throughout the park – uh, not so much!

It is a spotless, well-policed park and a great place for a run, bike ride or long walk during the cooler months. We played some football and Luka used the opportunity to ride his scooter whilst I sat on the grass with a recipe book completing my shopping list before hitting the supermarket just next door.

I think that the winter months will find us spending lots of time here. It’s just perfect for quenching our thirst for all things green.

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4 Responses to “Inspired at Aspire”

  1. Helette November 30, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    oh how beautiful ! Enjoy it my friend! I’m quietly VERY VERY jealous!
    Missing you lots….
    H

  2. Gayle December 1, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Wow thats gorgeous! What a change from when you lived there a few years ago and great to have the park to enjoy………freedom, to be able to drive there without having to call a taxi! So looking forward to seeing you sometime in 2012 will promise to be careful with my caamera this time!

  3. OPA & OMA December 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    hi that looks rely great what fun you must have there and so much space for Luka to run and play . i am so very glad for you all .

  4. Fay December 1, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    Closer to reality!!!!! Its getting better every time isn’t it!? 😉
    Hope all is going great over there! In Holland all fine now……after an awfull long time having the flu or so. Finally back to normal again but now checking out houses in the South of Spain ;-)))). Still don’t know what to do with the crisis etc in Europe……
    Anyway we have a fantastic life and hope for you guys the same! Big hug for the big man and the small man! Fayxx

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