Yemeni Food and Some Museum Dude
Good news: I’ve finally gotten over jetlag.
Bad news: The program has kicked into high gear with the hidden agenda of cramming so much into the days that I’m exhausted by 2 p.m.
Today was great. This morning after lecture, we took a bus forty minutes outside Doha to a museum. But not just any museum; everything in this particular exhibit—including probably fifty cars, six giant boats, a hundred swords, and everything from a confessional to a preserved bottle of water—belonged to the museum’s namesake Sheikh Falsal. As someone in my group put it, it truly would’ve been a hording problem had it not been a museum.
After an hour break, my group was off again, this time to the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. The tennis tournament features some of the top single and double male tennis players. After an hour of watching, I had a new appreciation for the sport. I then made the important decision to put any future kids I may have in tennis so I can watch them from the comfort of the country club where I will sip mimosas in the air conditioning while watching them chase the ball around.
After the tennis match, (or a portion of it, at least. Those games are loooong!) a portion of my group headed back to the Souq for dinner. We chose an Yemeni restaurant which involved sitting on the floor without shoes and eating rice, pita, and Ogda. I would highly recommend Ogda to anyone—it’s like a delicious stew of meat, potatoes, carrots, and other kinds of goodness.
I’m ready to collapse into bed after a great day. ليلة سعيدة.
Photos below: Julia and I (Tennis fans!), Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Bandar Aden in Souq Waqif,