Yes! The look on the munchkins faces was priceless…exclamations of “boy! That’s a long pool” and “how am I going to swim that far?” were uttered. Warm ups soon showed them they could. They all swam very well, medals were earned, personal best times were broken and a fun day was had by all of us. Lunch, which was salad, humus, tabbouleh, other entree’s, a couple of choices of mains, deserts as well as fruit or fruit salad, was also provided – and it was incredible, very tasty and well prepared. Usually the children don’t eat much when competing however it seemed to make no difference as they all ate well.
We went out again to eat in the evening. This time to an Italian restaurant called Il Rustico at Rydges. The food was lovely. Most enjoyable was the fresh baked bread and whole baked garlic cloves they brought to the table with balsamic vinegar and olive oil..choose a bit of everything, mix it up on your plate and dip the bread – YUMM!! Then it was farewell to our friends from Dubai.
Saturday was the same routine with the swimming. Jarred and Chloe did very well, ranking in the top two places overall. Cody also got gold in the medley and the relay medley. Chloe didn’t swim. Our team also ranked top in the whole competition !
We spent most of the next day recovering, and a little time driving around Doha. It is extremely hot there as well and not much fun in the dust and humidity for sight seeing. Most of my photos are taken out of the car window. The rest of the week was very relaxing, visiting a couple of malls (only place out of the heat), going out to eat for Wayne’s birthday on the 19th and sharing with the friends we were staying with.
Doha is around a bay and quite pretty – when they have finished the 125+ towers they are constructing it will be much easier to navigate and enjoy… roads may be open in the morning, then closed and ripped up by evening due to massive road work and reconstruction going on there as well.
Some issues with our car cooling system thermostat kept us there a day extra, however our drive home was uneventful and quicker than the way down when we encountered a lot of sand storms and high winds. Our A/c stopped working for half the way down. This was pretty hard to take in the 45+ celcius heat of the desert.
Being home is always nice..it’s amazing how much you appreciate what you have when you have been away from it for a little while. So that’s it. I will post more layouts and photos over the coming week or so.
Hope you enjoyed your cuppa!