I never had that lovely pregnancy glow – just the morning sickness sweats! There wasn’t a toilet within a ten mile radius that I hadn’t stuck my head down. You see I was one of those unfortunate people that suffered morning sickness until my third trimester. I had a brief period of restate before it had an encore. On top of that, my morning sickness was more a morning, noon and night sickness having more oral expulsions than Krakatoa! For me, not travelling during pregnancy was a no no. I have to travel regularly for work and if I was doing that I was sure going to travel for pleasure! This meant I was going to have to learn to deal with flying and morning sickness. View Post
If there is one animal I love it is the elephant! It was a goal of mine to see both the African and Asian elephant in the wild. My first ever safari experience was in Sri Lanka just prior to our trip to Uganda and Rwanda! I couldn’t help but feel like we were getting a warm up. An opportunity to test our safari gear, test photography etc but most importantly it was a chance to see Asian elephants in the wild! If you would like to do an Udawalawe National Park Safari to see elephants then keep reading for our top tips and experience. View Post
Whenever we get visitors to Doha the first place they want to go is the Souq Waqif. Why wouldn’t they – the Souq is awesome and gives people a flavour of something uniquely Middle Eastern. Souq Waqif – meaning Standing Market, is located just off the Doha Cornice. A beautiful spot when you can get a real taste for the local culture. It was therefore no surprise when family came to visit Baby E that they wanted to go to the Souq. Baby E was born as we were heading into summer so was this going to be possible? View Post
The Middle East really has only has two seasons – Winter and Summer or alternatively put hot and blooming hot! The shoulder seasons just don’t exist here! Doha traffic will testify, most expats leave for the summer; trying to escape the Middle East Summer where temperatures can and often do exceed 50 degrees. If you are not one of those people able to participate in the mass expat exodus, summer can be a particularly long and difficult time, especially with a newborn or young children! So here are my top tips for surviving a Middle East Summer with a new baby! View Post
I am one of those people who will use any excuse to travel, so I hopped on the idea of Babymoons with great enthusiasm. We had a few as you will see in the posts to come as we wanted to try a variety of babymoon destinations. We had our first in Muscat, the lovely capital of Oman. Oman is only a short hop from our base in Doha and has a noticeably cooler climate making it a perfect retreat from the searing Doha sun. If you are looking to do a truly luxurious babymoon Oman style, then head to the Chedi like we did! Here’s our full Chedi Muscat review!