On my way to and from Vietnam for The Deaf Dream, I was able to spend two nights in Qatar. As an avid journal-writer, I’ll just use my journal posts to tell of my thoughts at that time. 🙂11 June 2013 I’m on my flight from Munich to Qatar to Vietnam! We’re flying over huge mountain ranges. I flew over Romania, the Black Sea, Turkey, and Baghdad! The landscapes are interesting: dry mountains with lakes between. It’s dusty outside, making the sunset gorgeous like at home in Arizona. Watched “An Affair to Remember.” I remember watching this with my Aunt Kelly and cousins in Thatcher. I totally got teary at the end. 🙂 12 June 2013 I am now in QATAR!!! It is hot, windy and dusty. The dust makes the lights blurry and really pretty at night (even though I felt like I wasn’t wearing my glasses). I wish I could see it in the daytime but I have a feeling it will look like an even more dismal Phoenix. 🙂 I can’t believe I’m here—in the middle east for my first time! Crazy to think that Qatar is my 22nd country. I set my goal of 50 countries when I was in high school and I’m almost half way! I’m so blessed that I’m traveling yet again. I grateful to be healthy and capable of pursuing these dreams. After all the dreaming, it’s happening one day, one goal, one country at a time…
On the way back I was able to see the incredible night skyline of Qatar. The building lights, similar to Hong Kong or Shanghai, give a light show at night. I was in awe by the wealth of this small country.
I flew with Qatari Airlines this trip and had the best flying experience ever. (And I have flown a lot!!!) They fed me really well, provided old classic movies, and treated me like I was their top customer (even though I am economy flyer 🙂 ). Also, Doha Airport had beds that you can sleep on in the airport for cheap prices (rather than leaving and finding a hostel for a few hours at night). It made for a great overnight flight experience (and the cheapest). Haha, I guess this sounds like an advertisement, but it’s not—I just really want to fly with them again. 🙂
Questions come with traveling. While in the airport, I wrote the following thoughts. I’d love to hear your respectful thoughts/comments on this topic too! 🙂12 June 2013 Continued: Looking at so many women in FULL black Muslim apparel and I respect their decision to show their religious devotion in this way. However, I do get a little annoyed when I see many of their husbands dressed in Western clothes; t-shirts and blue jeans. Why don’t they show their devotion to God in that way? Why don’t the men “reserve” themselves for their wives? I think about my own religious beliefs and clothing and was grateful both men and women cover themselves equally. Just lots of thoughts as I observe 🙂 I want to read more about this topic so that I can understand their religious culture better!
While flying home over India, we flew through a lightening storm. It was absolutely breath-taking and one of the most beautiful sights of my life!