I am in the new furthest from home I have ever been: Doha, Qatar. As I am writing this, I can hear prayers being sung out over loudspeakers in Arabic. The tinted windows of the house do not obscure the bright sky or dampen the rose gold light that splays across the walls and tiled floors. I have never been so thankful to hear the quiet hum of the air conditioning, a commodity I have done largely without in the last year; it is 108*F / 42*C outside right now.
Here in Doha, we are house sitting and taking care of a pair of cats. We will be stationary for five weeks – the longest amount of time we have been on one place since we moved out of our apartment a year ago.
In leaving Europe behind, we have entered a shifting of sorts. Qatar is, for us, a place of changing. We will be resting, in a sense, but also working. We need to figure out what will be next.
In six days we will hit exactly one year of being nomads. We have visited 20 countries and over 100 cities. We want to keep going. We have not seen any of Asia, Africa, Australia, or South America. There is so much left in the world to discover.
We had made plans that lined up perfectly for the next six months. Then, quite suddenly, they all evaporated in the last two weeks leaving us with….nothing. We booked one-way tickets to Qatar (we always book one-way) and now we have a question mark.
It isn’t new, for us not to have plans, but it’s definitely interesting. Our previous plans saw us going back to Europe, but flights from Qatar are cheaper going into Asia and beyond than they are going back west. For $100 we could fly to India. For a little more we could go to the Philippines.
We have some planning to do.
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