As part of a growing effort to take charge of our bodies, we have begun taking near daily walks in the evening. We began by walking around our neighborhood of Bin Mahmood but yesterday we took a very long walk along Doha’s seaside Corniche. We walked about five kilometers (for those that know Doha, it was from the Movenpick Hotel to the Sheraton). It was great exercise, although I’m feeling very stiff today.

The weather was just perfect and walking by the sea was extremely refreshing and uplifting. At the end of the walk we stopped by the Sheraton, a bit sweaty and stinky, and reloaded all the calories we burnt by heaving a Fosters draft and gobbling up a pizza. While we were there we ran into some friends going to the movies to watch The Notebook and they asked us to join them. For the sake of spontaneity we did — still a bit smelly and stinky by the way. I’m not going to be cynical and jaded this time. I will tell you that the movie was a love story and very sweet. It is worth a watch.

Before I go I will leave you with some pictures taken at the walk’s end of the Doha Corniche at night.

Corniche from the Sheraton Shadow exerciser