Qatar airlines has made these 30 hours of travel time as comfortable as they could be. Upon arrival in Qatar I was told that because my layover was so long (10hours) there was a complimentary hotel room waiting for me at Al Liwan Suites! I had a 2 room suite with a little kitchen and a bathroom and a big bedroom. All I did was nap there before heading back to the airport in the middle of the night, but I did feel a little bit like a princess. Which probably had more to do with the all you can eat hummus at dinner. Being by myself is definitely interesting, but not scary. Everyone is very kind and helpful, but I think a little confused to see a woman traveling alone. The culture around women is definitely different here. I was asked to wait inside for the bus to the hotel, and realized that everyone else who was waiting outside were men. Oops. I also wonder what the woman in burkas think when they see me. I would never assume how they feel about what they wear or what I wear. And they look so beautiful to me.
I didn't see much of Qatar because I landed after and am taking off before dark, but what I did see was a mixture of generic city buildings and beautiful Arab architecture with arches and sand colored buildings. Cities really are sort of the same everywhere if you only see them from a superficial perspective. I wish I had some time to explore and some people to explore with. But that will be saved for future adventures. For now I'm off to Kathmandu! Hopefully I'll have wifi some point soon after I land so I can post. Love and light!
P.S. For the people who wrote me notes or hid them in my journal, thank you. For making me weep. <3