Monday, 7 March 2011

Doha Days (6)

I've never been in a desert before. High Wycombe, where I spent my adolescent years, does not qualify, geomorphometrically, so it was a pleasure to take a jeep out of Doha a couple of weeks ago and see the sand:


Camels

I couldn't avoid the ghastly trap of paying 10 riyals to a Bedouin tout to hold his hunting falcon:

A bird in the hand

Well, that's Qatar for you: sand. And sea. And Doha. No rivers, lakes or mountains. Still, it has its charms; one of my students has promised to take me out for some falconry. If he passes his exams. Any suggestion that I will now pay him extra attention in class will be vigorously rebutted...

4 comments:

Rarareen said...

...and you have a way with the birds. Looking swell.

Simon M Hunter said...

Thanks dear, more on birds tomorrow...

sweepyjean said...

Are you kidding? I would have paid to hold a falcon, too. Is 10 riyals a lot of money? Something about falcons is really cool! :p

Simon M Hunter said...

About $3. Yes, they are quite magnificent close up.