Now that my trip to South Africa has been completed, here’s my brief affair with the city of Doha on my way there. I had a 12-hour stopover via Qatar Airways, one of the cheapest flights we could get for about SGD $1,300. Ottie had departed about a couple weeks prior, so it was back to solo traveling for me – I’d missed doing that, just exploring nooks and crannies at my own pace without having to worry if I’m taking too long (because I usually do).
Hamad International Airport has this impressive yellow teddy bear in the foyer (Lamp Bear by Urs Fischer). It was definitely eye-catching! I was glad to have seen it in person after reading up on it online.
Anyway, I signed myself up for the Doha City Tour, because why not. The middle east had always been so foreign to me, and I’d always wanted to experience the blanket of 40°C heat for reals.
My ticket for the tour – I blurred out the important details, of course. Also, it was technically my birthday in Singapore (Qatar is five hours behind), and thanks to the free wifi in the airport, I was able to pick up a surprise Skype call from family (Mum, Bro, Aunty Serene, Uncle MC, Brat #1 & Brat #2) wishing me thus, right as I exited the air-conditioned building and into the sweltering heat that is the desert. Happy birthday to me. 😂
This was the only picture I took with my dSLR before the lens fogged up due to the oppressive heat outside of the freezing van – fearing for the lifespan of my camera, I decided to leave it in the van for the rest of the trip and take photos with my phone instead.
Some grainy shots of The Pearl-Qatar:
We headed over to the Souq Waqif, a bazaar of shops selling lots of interesting handicrafts.