|Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex|
I had to go back to work at the Academic Bridge Program the next day. It was only for a meeting, so I wasn't teaching, but regular classes resumed midweek. The jet lag was slight and, as we had been traveling for more than 24-hours, we weren't quite 100%. Vito's school had also resumed, but he stayed home another day to rest and regain his energy. Everything should be firing on all cylinders next week, however.
It has been foggy almost every morning since we've been back, which is quite nice and refreshing. It burns off by late morning, and then there's the usual sunshine. The weather is warmer now than it was before we left on our Christmas / New Year's adventure. We had run into a little cold spell before the holidays, which seemed a little colder than usual, although my perspective is limited.
Today, we were invited by some friends to go on an adventure with our kids to look for a desert rose, a kind of stone that forms its petalled appearance under the sand in certain places. After taking Vito to soccer practice and despite having a great deal of work to do to prepare for the onrushing semester, I threw caution to the wind and we all rode out into the desert together.
The quest certainly took us too some remote parts of Qatar. Among the many unusual things we observed, the baby camel pictured here was, perhaps, the most striking. It couldn't even walk yet. The way the other camels crowded around it was interesting to watch.