Just got back from a very nice barbecue with our Jordanian friends Mahmoud and Maria. We really had a good time and the food was excellent. The weather was surprisingly pleasant and we got to sit by the pool, which made the whole evening very enjoyable.

Earlier that day I got a copy of Jordan’s best selling newspaper Al Rai. I couldn’t believe it was being sold here. It was one day old, but I didn’t care, as Im dying to feel closer to home.

As for my friend Mariam, well she couldn’t make it to Qatar as she was not able to get an exit visa in time for her husband’s trip. I was a bit disappointed but I know there will be a next time, as her husband travels to Doha fairly often. Exit permits suck.