Monday, January 4, 2010

Ebrahim and Radovan


Today I went into the dunes outside of Doha with seven other tourists! Above you can see Radovan posing with our guide, Ebrahim, who took us on a hair-raising roller coaster thrill ride up and down super steep dunes in his Land Cruiser. As it turned out, I had the front seat right beside his, which enhanced my experience...and intensified my fear. Ebrahim went down zigzagging, straightforward, and backwards! I am not the roller coaster type, and for the first three dunes I shut my eyes. Then I realized I wasn't going to be able to enjoy anything with my eyes shut and figured he probably didn't want to die or wreck his car either, so I relaxed and went with the flow.

We stopped for a camel ride, a view of several lakes, and were treated to a Bedouin camp meal beside the Persian Gulf. The water was warm, crystal-clear, and an inviting shade of pale green.

I forgot my sun screen and got a bit burned on my face...I hear it is snowing in Belgrade....

9 comments:

Chuck Pefley said...

Looks like Radovan may get sunburned, too -:)

Gaelyn said...

What a marvelously fun day. Glad you could go with the flow. Sorry about the sunburn.

Virginia said...

What a wild ride you are having in every sense of the word. I'm thrilled for you my dear Bibi! Love your photos. I"m off to Paris on Thurs. OH I wish you could join me there. We'd have such fun mon amie.
Safe travels.
V

raf said...

Good to see Radovan so active again and taking you along on his travels about the world. My little traveling friend, Henri, has disappeared yet again. Would expect to see his return someday.
Enjoying your travel posts as you go. All the best in the new year!

Petrea said...

Ebrahim is a good sport, as were you! What a wonderful way to spend a day.

Alexa said...

Can't imagine what Ebrahim thought when you asked him to pose with Radovan! Sounds like you had a really special day (and I AM the roller coaster type, so I'm rather envious). Still enjoying your amazing trip!

Kim said...

Glad you are soaking up the rays and enjoying Doha and environs. What an adventure! I'd love to see shots of the Bedouin meal. Radovan looks to be enjoying the trip, too. He's so much more fun to see than Flat Stan or the traveling gnome :-).

Thérèse said...

No sunglasses for Radovan? lol
What an experience for both of you!

Tash said...

Sounds like you got to do it all. Wonderful description of the ride - made me think of how Mr. Toads wild ride would seem to a little tot.
Did Radovan want an outfit like Ebrahim's?