Follow The Blinking Cursor

I began writing online in a hotel room, the natural habitat of a perpetual expat. With a blank page and a blinking cursor I typed the words with the idea of an online letter: We've made it! We are FINALLY here in Doha. We haven't quite arrived in the state we were hoping, the house in Houston is still on the market, the children don't have … [Read more...]


The little travellers are home from school today. They are having "virtual" school day. It's a practice run for the next H1N1 or SARS epidemic, for when the school gets shut down and everyone is expected to work from home.Such a lovely thought.I'm not sure what terrifies me more, a viral epidemic of epic proportions, or home schooling.We are having … [Read more...]

Man, like, you know?

I left Doha knowing that Hurricane Sandy was on her way to New York. Like many people I had friends who were either there, or within the general vicinity, so I was keen to hear or read a news report when I landed in Australia.After picking up the hire car at the airport, I turned on the radio to a leading breakfast program. The hourly news break … [Read more...]

How was your day really?

It's no big deal.How was your day?Three children had vaccinations, one had a trip to the orthodontist - you bribed them with a donut before dropping them all to school. Later, you picked everyone up, one went to guitar lessons, one went to the library and two stayed with you. Dinner was easy - salmon, everyone was in bed by 8.30 after they'd done … [Read more...]

Power Walking.

Our morning routine has involved a few adjustments this year. We are now spread across several sections of a very large school which means three separate drop off points. With changes in security, getting in and out of the school has become somewhat similar to making it through the Los Angeles airport with a swiss army knife and set of pruning … [Read more...]

My Little Brother – The Endurance Race.

I have often been told, by the two eldest travellers (the two girls) that I don't realize just how lucky I am that I don't have a little brother. In fact, the eldest little traveller has told me on several occasions that I should ring Granny Max and thank her for sparing me."If you knew how annoying little brothers are - you'd ring her. Actually … [Read more...]

Living the "Suite" life.

After an evening of jet-lagged musical beds we awoke to our first morning in Doha. Our hotel suite would normally be enormous but with 4 children and 20 suitcases (the beagle is at the kennel) it has the feel of luxury camping. The hotel has very kindly upgraded us to a suite so we have a dining table that seats 8, a lounge area that has been … [Read more...]