Friday, December 06, 2013

The Sweet Season ... and a trip to Fuwairit

It's the start of the sweet season here in Qatar. Each December, it takes me by surprise. All of a sudden, classes at the college finish, and then finally there is once again space to breathe. There is still work to be done, but the lack of 7:30am classes allows me the time to drive Kaiya to school, and to simply feel a bit more human again. I love December here. The perfect, sunny weather. The lack of Christmas hooplah. Time to spend with friends and each other and to chill out a bit. It's fantastic.

We still have a week and a half of work/school left, with all of us finishing on December 17th. But we've already shifted gears. Today, Kaiya and I decorated our -small- Christmas tree and worked on Christmas greetings together. And then we all went out this afternoon to Souq Waqif and the Corniche to enjoy the perfect "no temperature" weather... the kind where you can walk out in jeans and a t-shirt and still feel like you're inside.

Last month was tough, very much a "put our heads down and work" kind of month. There wasn't a lot of time for fun. But at the beginning of November, knowing the stress that was ahead, we joined friends at a perfect spot in Fuwairit for a day at the beach. Our friends had gone for the morning, but because of Izzy's nap, we chose to go later, overlapping with them just for an hour or so. When they left, we got to reap the benefits of their perfect spot. I can't disclose the exact location... it's too small and too good. So we'll just stick with the general location of "Fuwairit." 

Beach days are a lot of work and a lot of mess. We wanted to be able to stay over both lunch and dinner, so we packed a full cooler, as well as umbrellas, mats, and sand toys. But the work was so very much worth it. Both Kaiya and Izzy love the water, and it was incredibly relaxing to just bob around, smell the salty sea, and enjoy the beautiful colour of the water.

We love Fuwairit for its deeper water. The beaches in Al Wakra are great for their shallow tides, but sometimes you want to get right in and swim. Fuwairit is great for that. There were also a ton of little fish swimming around us. Kaiya kept diving under water to watch them. "Mom, can we stay here till I catch one??"

It was Isabelle's first time at the beach, and she loved it! Both Jeff and I held her for a while in the water, but she also spent a good chunk of time just sitting there, at the shore, splashing in the waves. Water baby #2.

We stayed right until the sunset, lingering as long as we could, enjoying all the changing colours.

And so it goes. Every day, each winter, I have to remind myself how good this is, and how grey and cold and dreary winters are back home. Hitting the beach in November! Taking long walks in the sun all December! While other aspects of Qatar may frustrate me, the winter weather is something of a wonder. Not to be taken for granted, that is for sure.


Rose said...

Aaaah. Beautiful. Kaiya's joy is so transparent there - wonderful.

James said...

Glad to see you made it out of November in one piece. So to speak. Hope you have a great holiday season.

Erika said...

if i had a choice i'm not really sure what i would do. i hate the cold weather and would exchange it for a warm day on the beach anytime. but then again; i love, love christmas and that is just so connected to the cold:-) mmmmm, good thing i don't really have a choice. enjoy your christmas season in the warmth. we will miss you and often wish we could be with you in the warmth. love you; hugs and kisses to the girls.

mariaborito said...

great story. love the secrecy of the 'perfect spot'!
we could go for some beach time. i think nate is taking the girls swimming this week. it's to the point that we might be skipping a few days of school because of the desperately cold winter. you would not last here:) enjoy every minute of this sweet season! and yes, going without the hooplah is likely a nice treat.

Anonymous said...

Very nice place, love the picture with Jeff and the girls . look like the are middle of the ocean. With love Babi and Dedo