No words can really describe Minika! Anyway, we went from the hot tub to the sauna to the steam room and back, all the while discussing life, health, motivation and inspirational topics, and since she is LDS and a very strong LDS, I found it fascinating discussing topics with her that I couldn't discuss with just anyone. She is single right now but has 3 boys. Minika has been a delight to meet on this journey! We spent the entire afternoon into the evening at this spa. Then Gennette's husband met us there after work and we all went to dinner. Once again, an Arab feast. I feel as though I have been on a 3 week Arabian cruise!
This is Lucy: Karen is so detailed there is nothing much to add but I do remember Minika told us the key to good health is "Water and Greens, Water and Greens, Water and Greens!!!!!!" BTW Gennette told us that Minika is true royalty. Her father and grandfather were the leaders of their people in Nigeria. She is a fascinating person. She was playing Primary songs on her CD player the first time she picked us up, the next time it was Salsa! It was British
Mother's Day and she was delighted when she received a text message from one of her sons in England: "Mother I love you, Mother I do, Heavenly Father has sent me to you!" (It's a Primary Children's song).
I have known Gennette and her family about 45 years, first met Manuel Thomas, her father, when we lived in the Alma Ward in Mesa. His family was still in Costa Rica and we sort of "adopted" him. It was a great day when he was finally able to bring his wife Adriana, Gennette, Olga, Adrianita and Mayela to the States. We were one of the first to welcome them and we have been close friends ever since. Gennette and I were in Saudi Arabia at the same time, but I was never able to visit her in Riyadh and by the time she moved to Al Khobar we had left Dhahran. Manuel was the most wonderful man. He loved to make us laugh and have fun. Gennette laughs just like he did and has taken over his role of making everyone feel good. She and Eyad are wonderful hosts. We thought we would get to Doha and slow down, put up our feet and relax. Believe me, the whirlwind pace has continued and we are loving it. Doha is a fascinating place and we will tell you more later.