-Goodbye to open car-windows and closed glass doors
-Goodbye to daily, friendly I-don’t-speak-English-and-you-don’t-speak-Arabic-so-let’s-smile-at-each-other non-conversations
-Goodbye to Filipino, Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani men and women driving, serving and working around me.
-Goodbye to veil faces and open eyes
-Goodbye to dust clouds making the air thicker than a San Francisco Monday morning
-Goodbye to sudden cross-cultural synchonicities–dancing to Taylor Swift, Josh Groban, visiting H&M, watching Landrovers, chatting about Friends
-Goodbye to morning and evening viewings of Al Jazeera English (on the TV at least)
-Goodbye to Salam Aliakam, Shukra, and La-la-la*
*Hello, thank you, no-no-no (for bargaining)
-Goodbye to Qatari hospitality and hello America!
Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. ~Thich Nat Hahn