John & Laura in Doha

After decades of threatening to come visit John & Laura in one of their exotic postings, I finally got to one.

John works for Shell Oil and has travelled the world for work. He, Laura and their kids have lived in a number of oil rich nations.

For the past few years they’ve been living in Qatar. I stayed one night at their home in the Shell Quipco Compound.




They drove me out into the desert to see one of the few tourist attractions I’d not yet visited, the Zubarah Fort. It’s a new world heritage site.

Zubarah Fort map




On the way home we tried a new Persian restaurant for lunch. Mixed tasty kabobs. Bread with dipping sauces. Fresh vegies.



Another night Laura made coconut shrimp.

John and Rick Coconut Shrimp

I wish I could describe it … but all I remember was how much wine we drank. I passed out instantly after falling on the bed.


Oddly, it briefly rained in Doha. It had rained twice on my in Saudi. Seems I’m a rain maker.

John, Laura and I talked of the future. Hoping to meet up one day for a travel adventure.


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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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