Waiting for the start of the World Cup Qatar 2022, the Middle Eastern country has the eyes of the world over. Beyond the sports aspect, there was discussion about the social and religious customs that exist in the territory. Many Argentines live under these rules, including Ludmila Magnelli, a 22-year-old girl who went to try her luck as a chef In a chat with LA NACION , he told his story, showed his joy for the life he leads and revealed the difficulties he faced in adapting to this new culture .
Ludmila is a native of Quilmes and grew up in Argentina. For a long time, she discovered that gastronomy is her passion However, she was not happy with the opportunities for young personalities in the field. That and his desire to travel and see the world were part of a perfect combination to apply for the vacancy he found out about thanks to a newscast.
While working from his home in Buenos Aires, heard on television that a Qatari company was hiring Argentinians to work during the World Cup Despite the fact that at one point they denied her the possibility because there were no more vacancies, the young woman was convinced that her future was in the Asian country: “I was very determined that I was not going to give up and that in 2022 I was going to be in Qatar no matter what” After eight applications and several interviews, Ludmila advanced in the process and was hired as chef in a hotel in Doha, where she has been working since July of this year.
During your first two months, generally speaking, Adapting to her new life away from Argentina was not as difficult because of the excitement she had from working as there because of what she is passionate about. However, the following weeks were more complicated: “I began to feel that I needed my people, on roast Sundays, the gatherings” In this regard, the company of the personalities she met in the Qatari country, especially the many Argentines who settled there.
Beyond the emotional issue and how she went through the adaptation period, Ludmila confided that it was not easy for him to adopt the routine of six days of work and one day off , which he currently maintains. “Most of the hoteliers have this working day and it is a hog because one ends up so tired from the whole week that a day off is not enough to tour the city, go out to walk and rest”, he said.
On the other hand and in terms of culture, the young woman was shocked to see women wearing the Hijab , which covers the hair, and the Burqa, which literally covers the entire body. This was not only “shocking” for not having seen it before in personality, but also because of the strong heat that Qatar hits during the summer. “ The women here wear black and walk behind the men , while the men wear white and can walk wherever they want,” she described
Before that stage, she assured that at first she was worried about what she was wearing when it came to going out: “ At first I was a little afraid of going out with bare shoulders and legs, because they had told me that this was prohibited”. To this fear linked to the culture of this country was added a complicated experience in a shopping mall “A friend was using a overall and at the entrance a regional woman told her that she was going to call the police because she was very provocative“, she recalled. Despite the fact that the situation did not escalate later and, finally, the police did not come, it was undoubtedly a moment that had an impact on him.
Beyond the first feelings, with Over time, Ludmila managed to adjust to this question: “ Little by little I began to see that one can dress comfortably and continue to respect the culture After all, we are the outsiders.” The requirement on clothing is stronger in public places such as mosques, hospitals and embassies. “Out of respect, one covers oneself and you end up adapting ,” he said.
Along the same lines, he also pointed out that in Doha he had to try to have a “lower profile” than his personality implies and that he tried to focus on not drawing too much attention to this fear linked to the strict rules that must be followed by the women in this Middle Eastern country. The advantages of living in Qatar
Despite all the cultural differences and what she misses about Argentina, Ludmila stood out at all times living in Qatar as a positive experience According to your experience, the country host of the World Cup Mundo
has a “cultural exchange” that he defined as “incredible”, especially in the hotel industry: “In hotels there are employees of many nationalities different, this allows you to meet many people, many cultures, other languages and It’s beautiful.”
In her work as chef, had the opportunity to create a own dish for the restaurant menu. “ This is something that in Argentina would have taken me years to achieve With effort and perseverance, here in Qatar everything is possible ” she counted. As an advantage of the Asian country, also highlighted security and the possibility of being on the street at any time without problems.
At To summarize her experience, Ludmila highlighted the possibility of saving and growing financially , although she assured that she would not like to stay for long. “Although Qatar is one of the most expensive countries, the reality is that I can save a lot and I don’t deprive myself of giving myself the tastes I want “, she described on the guide item. The hotel provides transportation from work to your home and vice versa and that allows you to save a good amount of money.
Different is the panorama on a cultural level, where despite getting used to social norms, the young woman does not feel comfortable: “ On a social level I still cannot adapt as I would like, I do not feel at home It’s all very different, culture, religion, all of this is very impressive and I’m not used to living like this.”
On balance, Argentina made it clear that would not settle in the Middle Eastern country , but that it is still a good opportunity for growth: “I firmly believe that Qatar is not the country where someone with a young and free mind can settle down , but in turn one is going to meet a lot of people here and this opens up a lot of doors “.
In the future, she intends to travel to see other parts of the world and to increase her experience throughout the planet. “ This is the first time I’ve left Argentina to work and for me this was an awakening. I still have a lot to discover and Qatar is only the beginning of my adventure“, he reflected. Tips for Argentines who travel to Qatar
Ludmila also addressed the compatriots who are about to arrive in the Middle East to follow the participation of the Argentine team in the World Cup
On the other hand, he also encouraged those who think about moving and working abroad: “There are a huge number of job offers, than you can imagine, so if you want to try your luck, It is the moment and the place. Nobody is alone here “. “There is nothing more beautiful than jumping into the unknown and being surprised every day. Emigrating is an opportunity to get to know each other, wherever they go “, he concluded.
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