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The celebration leading up to the Qatar National Day on December 18th, kicked off  this weekend  at Darb El Saai. Here is complimentary ticket to cool with complementary  mojo on take off: Demonstrating the benign Classroom and Simulator training on Boeing's AH-64 Apache Helicopter and F-16QA Fighting Falcon. This leads to the Live Action Follow-On training  in The United States.


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One of the first cruise ships to hit the shores of Qatar and add Doha to their itinerary for the 2017-18 Arabian Gulf season, is Crystal's Symphony.

Port of Call Today 


This marks its maiden voyage to one of the most VVIP spots on the planet, and keeping in line with the privileged access Crystal guests are accustomed to . Check  off another box in the  #winning "World's Best" recognition in the  Luxury Travel Industry category. Well done.


Our ship has come in!
Sarah and I got nostalgic thinking about our 8 Voyage Segment 110 Days/Daze! on Crystal's 2011 World Cruise. We plan on doing another one soon.





















One of Doha's more impressive construction projects is the Pearl, an artificial island that covers 985 acres and house up to 30,000 residents, including us. We took our friends  Ralf  and Anders from Crystal on a tour. How SWEDE it is.

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 The Longines Global Champions Tour is the World's premier five-star show jumping event: hosted by Qatar today. 
Flying Horses--I LOVE the fact that you can Fed-Ex a horse.



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Qatar opened their first ever library. IT took 5 years to design and build.





Wow, what a library. 3 D Printers, Books, Multimedia, today I got to sample the musical instruments available for checkout as well.

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Doha's most luxurious hotel is stunning. It takes the WOW factor to a new level. It brings a touch of old Hollywood chic  and Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter  together  for a reunion of competing energies.  With pop art murals and grandiose chandelier fixtures, a 24-karat gold elevator, a 3 story  floating spiral  staircase.,  a psychedelic rooftop pool, and 360-degree views of the Qatari capital, it is pure indulgence. 

 Here are a few  freeze-frame photos  but you  have to pay a visit and undergo with your own eyes  to feel the effects somaticly.
Once again Qatar, you are the best in the world at doing rich.









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Loving it and Living it, The dream that is--with eyes wide open. Qatar has its privileges and one of them is seeing the vivid visual landscapes that seem more like mirages.

Opening soon- is the mantra and the whole city is under construction.  New roads are literally being created week to week.

These infrastructure ventures are heroic, from building a new metro rail system to highways and expressways to connect the region.  I had a joke about construction but I am still "working on it".


Tawar Mall Opening

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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

There is the tyrany of NOW verses the power of YET


A teacher should always be a student of life.  As an Expat, EVERY DAY I  have to go out of  my  mind to come to my senses. I choose Travel to do just that, and it  offers a Eureka  moment where becoming is better than being.

If money is life's report card, I am giving myself a grade of "not yet" — America always offers that pat on the back, that nudge--- "You’re not yet there. But you will be, you can be; just keep going.". Now that I am enough, there is enough in  Doha, the richest country per capita, in the world. 

I am in front of a sports car (not mine)- reminding myself that the best things in life aren't THINGS---they are people and places. I have chosen a life of "purchasing experiences" rather than stuff. It has made all the difference. Still, my inner neanderthal  has,  on occassion,  jumps  in a sports car and  I put the pedal to the metal.
This is a nice one!

I Play the LONG game not the SHORT one. There is nothing noble about being  superior to some other person. True nobility lies in being economically, socially and spiritually superior to your  FORMER self. We can't create experiences like this, we undergo them. It takes time-getting ready for change---but CHANGE is instant.


My wish for the rest of  2017 is to leverage each day. Be kind. Do whats right when no one is looking and love more intentionally. 

Mantras:BE NICE TO YOUR FUTURE SELF

Evolution is wired. Revolution is tired. 

The power of Yet is wired.  The tyranny of Now is tired. 

The Earth school kills all of its students---Travel Well and Prosper...and add "yet" to the conversation. 










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The Red Arrows British Royal Air Force jets streaked across skies today.


Officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, they  held a public display over Qatar’s iconic waterfront Corniche.

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Falconry is not a hobby; it’s a lifestyle.


Up-close and  personal, with these amazing birds of prey






Falconers must train a bird of prey to fly free, hunt for a human being and then accept a return to captivity.It requires long hours, constant devotion, finesse, subtlety and skill.



Thank you to the organizers who were able to  pass on authentic cultural values and traditions of Falconry to my wife and I

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