After months of involvement, preparation and communications, three students and I have finally arrived in Doha, Qatar. It has already been an amazing venture and we have only been here for 5 hours or so. Let me share some of our experiences through our senses.
- Kuala Lumpur aiport at night time, where we had to be ferried by a train across the tarmac to the main airport terminal
- The Hawkesdale College contingent asleep on the couches, for a hour or so, during a 5 hour stopover.
- Our first glimpse of Qatar, through the dark of the early morning arrival.
- Queues at the immigration desk to allow us entry to the country.
- Taxi and limousine touts all wanting to take us to the education centre of Qatar
- The beautiful white buildings of Qatar, and the never ending building sites, with numerous cranes rising above the city horizon.
- The magnificent corniche, or water frontage, complete with wooden boats and modern ships
- The massive education complex comprising schools, univerities, accommodation
- the inspiring architecture and eye-catching spaciousness of the Qatar academy buildings
- Julie Lindsay’s modern apartment where we had a shower to freshen up after our early arrival (5:30am)
- The magnificent Qatar academy through a guided tour by Julie’s daughter
- groans from the girls about having to find passports, boarding passes and having to unpack everything for security at each stopover and reconnection
- louder groans from me on finding that my credit card has been blocked by my bank several hours before we depart Australia
- the warm welcomes of the Qatari people everywhere we have been
- taxi driver trying to find the Edcuation complex and address of Julie
- the student throng of Qatar academy out in the corridors at lunchtime
- the welcoming voices of Qatar academy staff and genuine interest taken in us.
- excited about entering a country that is so different from ours
- even more excited about the days ahead and
- a great sense of pride to be able to bring three students from our school in Australia and to be able to representn our country in this momentous flatclassroom conference.
- jetlag setting in
- rather disgruntled about my credit card (the only one I have) and still trying to sort through the solutions.