Boy oh boy is Doha awake at midnight today! A there-one-minute-gone-the-next shower the previous night; a few degrees drop in temperature, a cool ocean breeze and the eve of the weekend- the perfect recipe for the folks of Doha to rush out onto the roads at night apparently. In droves.
The grills have come out of hibernation, the shishas are seeing the outdoors again. The little girls have whipped out their tasseled scooters and the boys are whooshing past on their shiny skates. The adults are busy trading family gossip and work whines while the kids are still wide awake at hours that will seem insane to people from any other part of the world.
All the convertible tops are down, the colourful Vespas are on full show and the Ducatis are zipping past full throttle. Everyone from the Civics and Corollas to the Rolls Royces and Maybachs, with all the LandCruisers and Patrols in between are on the streets this evening it seems like.
There is not a parking spot in sight at The Corniche, Katara, MIA park or any of the usual haunts of the folks in this town.
Sigh! How quickly things change.
If you are not from around here, or have never lived in such a land, you might have no clue what I’m rambling on about. The weather change, literally and metaphorically heralds a drastic lifestyle change.
You can start to live a life that is not artificially climate controlled. Where you do not feel like your face is burning up as you head to your car in the open parking lot, or where you actually may have to carry change of clothes if you have to walk, or stand outside an air-conditioned building for more than two measly minutes. Where the heat can actually make you reconsider your recent life and decisions. Where children have to start school at ungodly hours, and finish several hours before noon because the heat gets unbearable past 10 AM. Where it gets so hot, that not only cars and buildings, even human beings feel capable of spontaneously combusting.
anyhow, I am not on call this weekend, and that means I can stay out for as long as I want tonight (even though I have no hopes of sleeping in!). The decent weather reminds me of the milder weather of the place I call home and I can’t seem to get enough of it.. The “just- about- cool” winds have brought a tune to my lips and a song in my heart. I feel a lightness in my step and a calmness in my head. At this moment, life seems decent. Good. Even great maybe 🙂
The relentless heat, has finally relented and given us harried souls some reprieve. And I am thankful for it.
Enjoy and cherish everyday of the coming “winter” folks. Soon only the distant memories of breezy morning and cool nights shall remain, while the mercury becomes friends with Mr Forty Odd and Mrs Fifty Can’t- bear again!
Till next time.