Age of Dynamic

Back in Ireland escaping the heat and monotony of Qatar for the summer and it’s clear that the apart from ham sandwiches, wet afternoons and 8.99 wine the biggest thing we’re missing in Qatar is dynamic. Dynamic of extended family, dynamic of everyday life and dynamic of community. Bear in mind that as expats we…

Media Influence

  Am I affected by the media? Do I listen and get all involved, do I read the papers and feel indignation rising with every word? No, would be my reply. I can listen objectively and not get drawn in to whatever new crisis is dominating the news. Regardless of my personal situation, living conditions,…

The Summer Job

It’s the bugbear for every mom, every summer, how to occupy them for 8, 9, 10, 11 or heaven forbid 12 weeks of a long damp summer in Ireland. Before the age of six a blanket and tent out the back garden can provide all the excitement and activity they need, after than you’re looking…

New Now Home

If last week in Qatar was a week for stoic calm for expats, this week was a week of quiet planning. When Saudi Arabia together with the United Arab Emirates and few others decided to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, my current home, last week, the initial reaction among us expats in Qatar was ‘oh…

Qatar Gulf Crisis

Stranded apart from the offer of the use airspace from Iran and Oman is not a situation I ever imagined for myself or my four children but stranded in a country that is being strongly accused of supporting terrorism in some manner or form, I certainly never imagined that.   Fours day ago it was called…

When we go HOME!

It’s the chief role of the expat mom, to make sure the children are happy, content, comfortable in the surroundings that are completely different to their home. When we left Ireland first, seven years ago, I arrived in Qatar with an armful of Bun go Barr’s under my arm, the VPN was downloaded on the…

Learning Support Doha

Working abroad for a few years,works well, as long as everything works well! You’ve all your degrees authenticated, your passport is in order, you have no past convictions, you’re parents are well and are enthusiastic about your leaving, your wife is only too happy to give up her marketing career to be a full-time mom…