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Chubbyfoot on the move: Middle East edition :) 

We're on the move again! At the Christmas break we'll be headed to Qatar! Perhaps you've heard of it or maybe not, so let me fill you in on our new sandy home:

1. As you can see it's in the Middle East, on a peninsula off of Saudi Arabia. Unlike Europe when we traveled to different countries so often and cheaply, quick trips are far less easy from there. Dubai and other UAE spots would have been fun weekend trips in the past, but due to a recent travel ban between Qatar and several of it's neighbors, that won't be an option any time soon. Instead, we'll head to India, Nepal, Maldives, Jordan, Africa.. so many amazing places a little futher afield, but a lot closer than going from Houston!
2. They have robot jockey camel racing. I'm totally serious and I'm dying to see it!
3. Doha will host the FIFA 2022 World Cup and it's a VERY. BIG. DEAL. 1st Middle Eastern country to do so and they're moving it from the summer to the winter bc of the weather.. building 9 stadiums and all kinds of infrastructure. Maybe it'll make soccer lovers out of us :)
4. The kids will attend an amazing American school there that I've only heard wonderful things about. They're excited to go to a smaller school and be able to do more sports and activities that are next to impossible when attending a mega Texas high school.
5. Weekends are Friday and Saturday there.
6. It's more expensive to buy 2 cappuccinos at Starbucks than to fill a Hummer wtih a tank of gas bc fuel is so cheap.
7. Qatar is the wealthiest country per capita in the world. However out of 2.5 million people in the whole country (the size of Connecticut) only about 12% are native. The rest are foreigners - many Indian, Nepalese, Phillipino, etc.. (we're gonna eat well!) :)
8. We'll be packing away the shorts and tanks.. it's allowed in our neighborhood (compound), but generally disrespectful out in the grocery, mall, etc.. We won't be expected to wear the traditional dress and it's generally modern, but not AS modern as Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The general rule is shoulders and knees should be covered.
9. Oman, Seychelles, Lebanon, Israel, Cappadoccia, Tiblisi, Goa... did I mention that I love to travel? :)
10. NO bacon for a while.. since Qatar is a Muslim country, pork and alcohol are generally more hard to come by. There's also Rammadan where all schools and businesses have shortened hours and the city comes alive after sunset. That will last about a month in May.
11. My almost 16 year old will get his licsense a month before we move then won't be able to drive there until he's 18. As you can imagine he's thrilled about that. lol
12. We'll be home most of the summer! Since it's so hot there, many of the wives and kids spend their summers out of the country.. so we'll be back often to say hello and catch up with friends and family!

As far as Chubbyfoot Appts go, I'll be taking on a few set days before we move and then will be unavailable for a while I guess, unless you want sunset sand dune pics! I've got several fantastic photographer friends that I'll be happy to recommend if you need someone. I'll be sad not to see my chubbyfoot families for the next few years, but hope you can friend me on facebook or instagram and keep in touch that way. And maybe I'll start blogging again to share our adventures.

Thanks for checking in and I hope to be back sooner than later -

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