Well, by now most of you know that we didn’t win the contest.
Oh, you all went out of your way, and conscripted friends, and asked them repeatedly to vote for us. Many of your friends, and friends of friends got so excited about the whole contest. That was SO heart warming! Everyone was pulling for us…and without paying a soul to vote, we ended with the most votes…hands down! But that was only part of the equation and IL saw fit to give the prize to someone else with a lot less votes. It puts IL in bad light, if you ask me but the people they chose are a lovely couple, already retired, and we wish them nothing but the best.
What a blessed life we live when we can still go on the trip we were planning anyhow. Yes, we were a bit upset and disappointed but we didn’t stay in that place for long. We counted our blessings and quickly started planning (we’d been holding off on our plans because we thought it looked like we were going to win…silly us).
So, we’re happy to not waste the interest and enthusiasm that you all showed. SO many of you said things like “if you win or if you move there, we want to come and visit!” Which sounds like a lot of fun to me!
Also, many of you have asked that we report what we find as we go searching for potential investments and/or possible retirement spots. That is exactly what we’re going to do.
I’ve been reading and researching for way too long about this…so what I need you to do is ask questions if I’m leaving gaps in the info I’m sending. And, if you’re not interested in this venture, please, promise me that you’ll just delete for a couple of months but don’t tune me out forever.
My hope is to do shorter more frequent posts. I certainly don’t want to spend ALL my time blogging but it might be my only hope of remembering what I saw and how I felt or experienced certain places that we visit.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. First we have to finish the school year and prepare for changes here in Doha. More on that in the next instalment.