I don’t even want to think about how long it’s been since I’ve updated this blog.  Sam and I are still living in Doha, still busy with my work, his school and everything in between.  Sam will turn 8 in April and I still shake my head that we’ve been here almost 5 years.  During that time we’ve travelled far and wide, enjoyed some lazy days by our pool or have jetted off to Dubai for a few mini-breaks.  Tennis, football, swimming, and  gymnastics ensure that mama is battling traffic on Doha’s roads on a daily basis.  We spent last summer on Samos, Greece and it was divine.  We managed a trip to Turkey, as well.  This summer we are planning to visit Canada and perhaps spend a few days on a road trip with  Uncle Kevin and the cousins.  Mama’s work is intense these days.  I feel more like an assessor than a teacher on many days and I really wish the college curriculum would just let us teach the language rather than test it week after bloody week.  Well, now, that came out of no where but it’s always good to rant now and again.  I think it’s a bit too late in the evening to be writing so I’ll log off, get some sleep and try this again soon. Still trying to figure out how to upload photos from my Mac to this blog.  Stay tuned…


I just showed this blog to my students and cannot believe that  Ihaven’t written in so long.  Naughty, naughty.  Please check back for an up-to-date account of our lives in Doha!

but WordPress.com hasn’t been very cooperative lately and it seems every post I write (with pics) is somehow deleted.  Am I daft?  Other friends seem to post regulary but, mine are dumped into cyberspace and I have no idea why.  I’ll stop whinging now.

As I write this entry, I am sitting in Barcelona.  Sam is, hopefully, asleep in Munich.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I applied to do the DELTA in Barcelona (prep for Module 1, the whole of Module 2 and Module 3 is the final exam offered in Dec or June each year).  An 8-week course-from-hell that I have wanted to do for a long time.  Somehow, the stars aligned themselves and I am here.  I am missing Sam desperately but also realise  that have this diploma will increase my awareness and chances of promotion in the EFL world.  The funny thing is, I won’t receive the results of this course until February!  I suppose by that time I will have written the final exam and maybe will have completed my extended assignment (Module 3).

let’s get back to Barcelona.  Oh, la, la -what a city!  Young, hip and easy to get around.  The streets are alive until the early morning, loads of tourists, great food/vino, and friendly people.  I will definitely come back when I am not bogged down with assignments!  I hope to be able to make a few day trips but the deadlines are first and foremost on my agenda.  I am staying in a great area (Gothic District) in an older flat belonging to an artist.  She has loads of strange art hanging about the place and is lovely when she is here.  There are two other students staying here and, wouldn’t ya know, they are both teachers in Saudi.  Small world.

My multi-tasking has pretty much come to an end.  I am writing a lesson plan/background assignment, watching the World Cup final (go Spain!), and blogging.  Time to wrap things up, say Adious and hope to be back  here on a regular basis soon.  No pics this time because I fear this may be the cause of my disappearing entries.

I’ll love you forever

I’ll like you for always

Forever and ever

My baby you’ll be. 

by Robert Munsch


and I finally have a litle time to write.  I know I harp onabout  how busy we are with school, work, extra-curricular activities (ECAs) and Sam’s social life.  Notice, I said Sam’s and not mine:)  Seriously, the older Sam gets, the more friends he seems to accummulate and the “park” near our villa is a hotspot of activity every weekday afternoon. There are mums and nannies milling about trying to keep an eye on all the children while maintaining a high degree of compound news (read: gossip).

We went to Dubai with another family in early March and enjoyed Wild Wadi Waterpark, the aquarium and Ski Dubai.  Four days of fun.  We stayed in a flat with a kitchen which was great with two little ones.  Great weather and even managed to bring a little contraband back to Dubai for those weekend brunches at Villa 81!

We were invited to Sealine Beach in February.  This is one of the nicest beaches in Qatar and we were lucky enough to spend the day with a fun Qatari family.

Sam is doing well in school.  Reading some words, writing letters with only some difficulty and it looks like his strong point is maths.  He had to do a presentation in front of  me, other parents and his schoolmates as part of his evaluation this term and wasn’t shy at all.  He told the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, talked about his favourite animal and wrote letters on a board as the teacher dictated them.  And, he is only 4 frickin’ years old.

The weather is getting warmer and Sam had his first swim  in the refurbished pool today.  Still a bit too cold for mum. I was happy to catch a few rays and hang out by the pool for a couple of hours.

New:  Sam has a loose tooth and we keep wiggling it to see if a call to the tooth fairy might be in order but no signs of it wanting to dislodge itself yet.

Future plans:  Mum hopes to be accepted into the DELTA at IH Barcelona from July 5 – August 25.  Sam will stay with his father in Munich for the summer and work on his dwindling German.  Sam will have a Spiderman birthday party at the pool on the Friday after his birthday (April 19).

Wild Wadi, Dubai

Sam and I wish you a happy holiday season and all the best in 2010 (how weird is it to write that number?).

Happy Holidays, love Sam and his mama

Strange combo - a camel and a gingerbread house

We might live in the desert and we might experience excrutiating heat where we cannot be outside for days on end but, this weekend we were jumping in puddles and have a grand old time in the rain that has been dumped upon us in Doha.  Sam is ecstatic.  Mama has finally cooled off.  This must be a prelude to my upcoming vacation in Switzerland and Scotland!

Sam and I went to the Ritz Carlton hotel to see a life-sized gingerbread house.  It is amazing!  We bought some baked goods for Sam’s teachers and I wondered if I should be a Stollen but it was very expensive. (As I write, there is a thunderstorm – wonder of wonders!)  We had a lovely evening walking on the exquisitely manicured grounds of the hotel and we gazed the biggest (and best decorated) Christmas tree I have ever seen.

A (rare) rainy day in Doha