Exit Expat

It’s the time of year again in expat life, three months to go before summer holidays, and that will see another year of expatriation complete. As the recession is still flailing here in Qatar, there are people leaving all the time and most people that aren’t coming back in September, have a vague idea at…

Keeping up with the McCarthys

Your choice of lifestyle tends to be very exposed when you live abroad. Without the parameters of location and culture that exist at home, the way you choose to live suddenly defines you and suddenly becomes something that you have to think about. Home in Ireland, it’s easy, a good lifestyle consists of two weeks…

International Women

International Women’s Day was celebrated last week and what a great turn-out there was, online at least, lots of coverage of famous women around the world who are doing and have done great things. Mind you, I felt a bit dubious as it somehow implies to me that women are working off a handicap, ‘an…

Rain Rain

There’s no doubt about it, living in Qatar, surrounded by filthy rich Qatari’s that drive, Maserati’s, Lamborghini’s and have their drivers and maids cart their shopping home in top of the range Range Rovers, can be intimidating.   Especially when you’re to the pin of your collar trying to keep a second hand Pajero on the…

Where are you coming from?

  Every week I get an email or two from people moving to Doha, Abu Dhabi or Jakarta and looking a piece of advice or guidance on their move.    The emails are usually along the lines of, ‘Hello, we are moving to Qatar in six weeks, my husband has gotten a great positon with…

Cats in Qatar

Having survived Christmas and five previous with not a panto or a musical or a thing, I nearly jumped clean off my seat I saw that there was a musical coming to Doha. Cats. What Cats was about, where it was being held or the price of the tickets, didn’t interest me, I just wanted…

Dry January in Qatar

Life might take the same general course but when you immigrate to a country like Qatar nothing stays exactly the same as it was as home. Life is different, things run at a different pace and while some things bear resemblance, nothing is the same. So it’s nice when despite living in two different countries,…