While we were away…

2 Jan

Relocation logistics have kept me away for a while. No residence permit means no internet, no bank account, no phone line. You’re barely allowed to breathe the Qatari air AND there never seems to be much of a rush to get the residence permit completed so you just have to sit tight and wait it out! But we are up and running again now in our own house with our own internet connection so there should be no more issues going forward.

Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve been up to lately.

First up was getting these driven over from Saudi and unpacked (AGAIN)

And when we needed a break from the chaos, of a house in the middle of unpacking, we went discovering new places to play (whilst it’s winter and the weather makes being outdoors an absolute necessity)

We discovered a great new jogging path near our house, designed and built especially to encourage people to get out and exercise. I don’t think it’s used very much.

It winds its way around the Khalifa stadium and other world-class sporting facilities situated in the area and is known as The Aspire Zone. It’s awesome!

Whilst we were in the area we dropped in to watch some international handball at the Arab Games 2011. It’s not a sport I know very much about as it’s not played much in South Africa but it’s easy enough to understand and is fun to watch. Luka now insists on playing handball at least once a day.

Then there was the small matter of Christmas. It was our first in The Land of Sand as we usually travel over the festive season. It was also the first time we have put up a Christmas tree in about 7 years as we have either lived in a country that doesn’t allow then to be sold or we have simply not been home and so not bothered to buy one.

We cooked and baked a bit,

continued the German tradition of making and decorating a gingerbread house a few days before Christmas

and relived some of our childhood memories on Christmas Eve whilst Luka opened his gifts (before finally closing his eyes to sleep at 11:30!).

We skipped the big  Christmas buffets offered at the hotels and opted for a wonderful meal at a fabulous Turkish restaurant alongside the sea on Christmas Day

 with this as our view

and completed the meal with coffee and a decadent cupcake from Red Velvet Cupcakery. Not your traditional Christmas meal but very memorable for all of us.

Over the last few days we’ve been doing a little painting

 one of us using imaginary paint and the other the real stuff.

This looks set to continue and the results shared soon.

I now have no excuse not to post regular updates of  life in the ‘new’ Land of Sand so I will be back again soon. Thanks for your patience.


8 Responses to “While we were away…”

  1. Toni Carter January 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    Arggh this is a lovely post. As I was reading this CARS the movie came on ! What a coincidence, I know Luka loves/loved it. What a lovely place to have Christmas lunch. Great photos ! The one of Luka with the Ginger Bread house made me smile a lot ! Big Kisses to you all xxxx

    • dustbusting January 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

      Hey Toni
      I will always think of you when we make gingerbread houses. Olaf says you made one again this year. Luka still loves/is obsessed with all thing related to Cars. His entire day revolves around replaying the movies with his toy cars and he only paints or draws with red as that is the colour of Lightning McQueen, it’s a little OTT. Hope your getting better, pleased we could make you smile.
      Lots of love from the Land of Sand

  2. OPA & OMA January 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    thank you pip’s awesome and the ginger bread house house wow wow .you are fantastic.

    • dustbusting January 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

      Thanks Oma and Opa
      I have finally gotten the blogging show back on the road for y’all. The gingerbread house was really easy to make so it’s really no big deal. I saw an amazing one on TV a few days ago on Australian MasterChef so I have big plans for next Christmas!
      See you soon!

  3. Fay January 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to the 3 of you!!!! Brand new start in another Land Of The Sand!!! Hope you have a lovely time there!!! Looking forward to your new posts again ;-). Jan & Fay x

    • dustbusting January 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

      Hi Jan and Fay
      Happy New Year to you too. We are having a lovely time here indeed. Qatar is a fun country to be an expat in. We do miss all our lovely friends from Saudi and the sense of community that existed around us. Fortunately we know some great friends here too and have slotted back in to enjoying their company again.

  4. sara January 2, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the three of you. Dana loved Luka’s pics. She keeps on asking “when is Luka coming?” We all miss you here. Happy to hear that you are enjoying Qatar. Hopefully we’ll see you in the near future. Take care and kisses to the lovely Luka.

    P.S. His pics are adorable.

    • Philippa Brinkmann January 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

      Thank you, Sara. We miss you all too. I think Luka would love to run around the playground with Dana, Baby Noor, Hansi, Baby Astrid and Ahmet. It’s me and all the nannies in the playground with the kids in our new compound. Very different to hanging out with my lovely friends and having a laugh in Saudi.
      I hope 2012 is a happy, healthy year for you all.

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