I have a good active group of friends, so every night, if I want, I could go out, e.g., for shisha [aka hookah or water pipe], or for music and dancing.
One of my friends is a DJ, we go to one of the lounges at The Pearl to dance and talk.
If you want it to lead to other opportunities, it's not difficult.[Housing is commonly provided for expatriate staff everywhere in the Middle East.] So I'm only with colleagues — you live with everyone you work with, which leaves you with not a lot of privacy. The quality of buildings in Qatar is not very good, but having so much space is really good.And I don't have to deal with anything (repairs, etc.)!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.