Saturday 29th: To Doha.
Joy & I were fare-welled by the family- Rachel & Matt, Josiah, Eden, Kyra & Heidi, Rebecca & Georgia, Reuben & Beth- from the airport.
Then a 20 hour flight via Sydney to Dubai & on to Doha. We spent the flight watching movies of varying quality on seat screen format. Discovered that the Nats had pinched their slogan and me-to-policy initiatives from comedy - drama "Swing Voter" where the choice of President relies on the single vote of a traditional enrolled non-voter in backwoods isolationist America. (Even on a plane I discovered a political parable).
Arrived in Doha and met by John Ellis and taken to our apartment in semi-central Doha.. ideal location - right behind the Jarir Bookstore on Salwa Road.
Had settled in- unpacked and sat to recover from the flight when others from the team arrived in from work around 3.00pm.
Were given a quick familiarisation tour of the immediate area so we could find the grocery shop and local supermarket to stock up the kitchen. Then home to prepare for work on Monday... a 6.00am start!