When we were first making plans to move to Qatar, I think I watched every youtube video and read every article I could get ahold of.
This video really captured my attention. (You really only have to watch the first 30 seconds to get the idea).
I’m guessing that most of you watching would say “I hope I never experience that!” But when I saw it, I very excitedly said “I hope we see that!” As time went on and I realized that this is a very infrequent occurrence (like, every 5-10 years) I started to be disappointed. We may never experience that!
Last week on Wednesday night about 15 minutes after I went to bed, the windows started to rattle the likes of which reminded me of a snow storm.
I yelled into the other room, to the other inhabitants “Does anyone have laundry on the roof? You’d better get it or your gitch is going to be flying all around the neighbourhood…something’s brewing!”
Annie ran upstairs to the roof to collect her laundry and when she came back down reported that something really weird was happening outside. It was like fog or something.
We all peered out the front window trying to figure out what we were looking at…fog? Dust? Haze? Then reports started to come in about an epic dust storm heading our way.
Over the next hour, our house began to take on that fog/dust/haze that had been outside. Windows in this country are not well fitted. When I got up to go to the bathroom in the night, I could feel the dust beneath my feet. We slept with masks on. This is the indoor haze the next day.
We woke in the morning to dust still swirling, roads covered, visibility bad and a weather warning to stay inside if at all possible.
On the upside…a day off school. Making Easter weekend a 3 day weekend. As it should be.
I realized in the midst of this very unpleasant experience that what I had envisioned and wished for was something very specific.
I pictured myself in the car (which would be well sealed and I didn’t even know I’d like that), in the DAY TIME!!! This baby rolled over us in the dark so we didn’t even really get to see anything except satellite views the next day. Also, I imagined it lasting about 20 minutes. Where did I get these ideas? I’d say partly from 2 minute clips on youtube and my imagination. Thanks to the pair of them.
I can now say I’ve experienced it but now, I hope I never do again. Unless under my imaginary circumstances.
That was last week. This week is completely different. Different air, different temperature, different people, different language, different country, definitely a different moral tone, different culture and a festival that I HAVE been wishing to see. Here’s hoping it doesn’t disappoint.
Here is a little video out our window, over looking our car parking area: