September 07, 2005

Bye Bagram...

The last several months have gone so fast. I haven't really had time to update the site, but I at least wanted to let everyone know I will be headed to Qatar over the next few days.

I have some work to do while I'm there, and hopefully I can get out in town and take some photos. After that, it's back to Kuwait.

I don't know if I'll ever return to Afghanistan, but I wouldn't mind. I like this place, and the mountains really are beautiful.

I'll update again soon...

Posted by Dan at 02:02 PM | Comments (1)

September 16, 2005

Qatari 2600

I made it back to Kuwait, after spending the past few months in Afghanistan. I had the pleasure of taking a detour through Qatar, working in the capital of Doha for three days. I was lucky enough to venture downtown, and I brought my camera like always...

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Looking across the bay, you can see the beautiful night skyline of Doha's many hotels. To the right is the Sheraton, with its unique Pyramid design.

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In this direction, you can see a replica of the Tower of Babel (center) built on top of a mosque.

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A government building.

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I went to the Sheraton Doha and took the elevator up to the top.

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From there, you get a much broader view, but this was the only picture I took.

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If you're afraid of heights, don't ride the elevator.

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Another night, I went with some co-workers to a house party. Alcohol is legal in Qatar, so we popped a couple drinks and relaxed a bit. I felt like the usual nerd taking pictures of the food, but this was worth remembering. FYI, I don't think this food is native to Qatar.

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More stuff. The fuzzy-looking things look like lychees, but are actually called Rambutans (Thanks Tom from Hong Kong for the correction!), and the inside tastes like mild coconut. Very good.

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From Qatar, I hitch-hiked on a C-17 to Kuwait. C-17s (also known as Globemasters) are one of the largest types of aircraft currently in use.

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It appeared I was the only passenger on this otherwise empty aircraft. Mind you, these planes can store a small country onboard...I couldn't help but get a small ego boost. hehe.

Other News...

I know, no updates for several weeks, and then this tiny article? WTF, eh?!

Sorry, I've been busy with work, and I just got over a small cold. I'm also getting ready to return to the US for a few weeks.

After that, I will be coming back to Kuwait, and only then will I know if I'm destined to return to Baghdad and the infamous "Green Zone."

It's tough keeping up with this web site, but I'll keep trying...

Posted by Dan at 10:09 PM | Comments (4)

September 29, 2005

Sandy Eggo

This is probably the lamest update yet, but I wanted to let everyone know I'm back in the States. This is also the shortest trip I've made back...I leave for Kuwait again on Monday.

I accepted the position in Baghdad, so there will be lots more to write about later. Until then...

Posted by Dan at 09:52 PM | Comments (2)