I am working full-time and working on my Master's, so right now I'm doing more studying and in-house work, but I do get out nights and evenings. I go back to the United States, and I forget some of my defense mechanisms.
After I finish speaking to you, I'm going out dancing. I had never left the United States before I left for Qatar. Of course, you still have occasional lazy students who don't do their work, and won't get the automatic A they think they will get in an art class. There is disparity everywhere (not always the same, but economic, religious), but here, it's very checked.
(Well, I've been to Canada.) I currently work as an art teacher for high school students. The Qatari government keeps things under a fine check that no one is willing to cross, so I feel safe from being robbed.
I feel safe leaving my purse in a restaurant, but at the same time, I think, "What am I thinking? I've never felt unsafe here, I am in an apartment provided by the school, in a building housing its single employees. In fact, I have as big a space as my friends who have bought a place back home.
It's easy to be involved with someone who has short-term intentions.
It's easy to get wrapped up in fears and expectations between starting to date, hoping for the marriage and children ...
As in any place, you have strange men, men with questionable intentions, men with the usual intentions ...
I also have an issue with the sense of hypocrisy in some cases.It's not nature-based here, but there are cultural things to do. There are also always huge tennis matches, so people can attend these. There are more expat males employed here than females.Katara, the Cultural Village, has just opened, and they had a Latin event with dancers and films a couple of weekends ago. The difference in males/females in terms of numbers gives some advantage to a woman who is looking to be in the dating market. If I wanted to find something long-term, I could find someone who is successful, if that was my goal, but it isn't.When I go back to the States, I have to adjust to be kinder. And I guess I am more aware in my driving — aware of that land cruiser coming at top speed, or people running across or walking along the road.About five times I've flashed the smile: "Can I get into your lane? In the United States, I was near family, so most of my time was spent with family, and a few core friends.