Cape Town to Qatar

We’ve arrived in Doha safely. The flight was empty from Cape Town to Johannesburg. I don’t think the plane was more than six months old - it still had that new plane smell and looked like a spaceship inside, all sleek and blue-lit. I pretended I was flying to an orbital space station. Really though, it’s impressive enough when you think about it - flying a quarter of the way around the world took a lousy 17 hours out of my life, from door to door, and the actual flying time was only 11 or 12 hours.

The flight filled up a lot more when we stopped in Johannesburg, but Sheryl still got a whole row of seats to herself so she could lie down. I didn’t sleep much, so I’m pretty wiped out right now. Fog in Doha delayed our landing by an hour and had us spinning in a holding pattern above the city. I could see the tops of its towers rising out of the cloud with every turn.

We had grand plans for exploring Doha all day, but we were exhausted and fell on our faces. They woke us up for lunch, and I’m going to upload some photos while I wait for the muezzins to finish chanting so I can sleep. We’re going out for a couple of hours after, and then head to the airport for our flight to Chennai at at 20:55 (12:55 EST) on Qatar Airways flight QR0276. We arrive in Chennai at 03:45 on the 11th (17:15 EST on the 10th).


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