Our First Winter in Qatar

“Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get”.
Mark Twain

Winter!!! IMG_0923

As I sit behind my desk feeling quite smug about being able to wear shorts and T-shirt pretty much year round, I can’t help but feel a tiny bit sorry for our friends in Spain who are currently experiencing a rather chilly winter, this includes snow not a million miles from where we used to live.

It’s a little bit strange living in a country where winter doesn’t really exist, after all; so far the lowest temperature we have seen has been 12 degree and that was yesterday morning. In having said that, 12 degrees does feel quite chilly (but not cold enough not to wear shorts). One theory behind why when you live in hot climates you tend to feel the cold more is that in the heat,your blood thins and this leads to feeling the cold more (anyone care to correct me, please feel free to do so!).

Winter in Qatar is pretty much opposite to most other parts of the world. it’s a season in which we get to enjoy the great outdoors and do things you wouldn’t do in the summer due to the extreme heat.

Canoeing in the Mangroves 10615439_10205456283504756_6213885034611703528_n

Last Friday (the day after we arrived from Australia), a group of friends and us went canoeing in the mangroves near Al Khor. The water was cooler than in summer (of course) but you could hardly say it was cold. We set off from Al Khor marina and drove through the desert for approximately 30 minutes. we reached an area where there were several Qatari campsites as well as our location for launching the canoes. Cathy took Katja on one, the idea was she (Katja) goes out with one and comes back with the other. As is the case in most parts of the coast here, the sea was lovely and flat, ideal for canoeing. We headed towards the mangroves and canoed around the canals enjoying the wildlife which can be found within this relatively fragile eco-system. we reached a point in which we all stopped for a rest as well as a paddle in the shallow waters. After this, we headed back to our starting point and had a picnic on the beach. It was a very pleasant and enjoyable way to spend a winter’s day in Qatar!

Looking at the forecast for next week it looks like daytime temperatures are on the rise once more so no need for us to get our winter clothes out just yet, daytime temperatures by then end of next week are back up to high 20’s!

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