So it has been two months already. Month two flew by. I am still in Qatar, still doing well. Still trying new things.
Work has been good. I am working with an Army team. My past military experience has been a great way to connect. I talk to the senior leaders about shared experiences in Bosnia, etc and have provided advice to a few young soldiers. It is a very different environment from my most recent jobs, but it's a good group.
Socially, I have ventured out a bit more in the last month. I did some things with the military folks, some things on my own, and some with new local friends.
- Attended a performance from a symphony orchestra from Kazakhstan - a complete first as it was my first symphony orchestra and the first time seeing music from Kazakhstan.
- Attended the Qatar International Food Festival and saw Chef Wolfgang Puck.
- Rode the sand dunes of Qatar and spent the evening at a coastal beach camp. So much fun. Sort of like an airboat ride on sand.
- Ate dinner at Gordon Ramsey's 5-star restaurant. The salmon was amazing and the desert was fantastic.
- Saw a local rock band and had my first two overpriced beers of my trip.
- Spent a day at Doha's main market (Souq Wakif).
And for anyone might have missed it, my sports business research was discussed in an article on USAToday.com on the Tampa Bay Rays. I stopped writing about sports since I left, but that was a surprise I was not expecting.
Two months in, this is still a great experience. There is so much more I have yet to do and see. And I have four months left.