I was travelling from St. John’s To Dhaka. I started my trip by Air Canada to Toronto. We had a stop for two hours, my brother flew in from Vancouver to join me. We waited for two hours to get the next flight. After two hours we continued our journey. Our stop was at London’s Heathrow airport.
Even though we were in transit we had to go through customs which made little sense.
In London our stop was an hour and a half, it was enough time to go through customs. I don’t mind customs, but there are some weird things the authorities make us do which is take our shoes off.
From Heathrow we changed our airlines, this time it was Qatar airways. the flight took six hours to land in Bahrein and the waiting time at this airport was seven hours. It was midnight, I felt sleepy but they didn’t have any arrangement to sleep, but if we really wanted to we could sit and try to sleep on the benches in the lounge.
When the seven hours were finally over, I couldn’t wait to board the plane, we waited for the call impatiently, there was a long line. We were moving slowly, finally the door of the plane was visible, we reached there got in and took our seats.
Once again we continued our journey by Qatar Airways. We felt happy as the next stop would be our destination, Dhaka city. The plane took off on time, six hours later we landed in Dhaka City, Bangladesh.
Once again we faced customs, we weren’t carrying any gifts we just had our suitcases, where we had our personal things.
It felt good to see our siblings, they had the transportation ready for us. It was a long journey, we were glad when we reached home.
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A few years ago I traveled to Dhaka from St. John’s, it was a long flight. I had a stop over at Frankfurt, it was a long ten hours wait at the airport. There was nothing at this airport that could delight anyone much less write about it. There was a long unattractive lounge, it had scattered benches, which seemed to say, “why are you here,you’re not welcome?”
It gave the impression of a first come first served basis benches, e.g too bad you came late here, there is no place for you to sit . The scenario was so unfriendly I couldn’t wait to get out of there. Finally when I thought I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, I had the misfortune of meeting this sour, ill mannered gentleman who refused to answer my question. He worked for Qatar Airways which was the airlines I’d taken to fly to Dhaka.
After more than twenty four hours I finally reached my destination, Dhaka, my siblings were there to receive me. Getting out of the airport was long, there were all kinds of forms to fill in, the lines were too long I was tired.
Going from the airport to my sister’s home was not that easy, there were traffic jams,bad drivers, buses, rickshaws , private cars, taxis, there were all kinds of transportation, trying to go faster than the other one. It was a picture of chaos. I was visiting after a long time, it seemed the population of Dhaka increased by leaps and bounds.
After more than three hours I was home, I was thankful I got home safely.
Qatar Airways at Doha International Airport. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Since I came to Canada, I’ve traveled to Dhaka,Bangladesh many times. There were times when it took longer. It depends on the airlines. A few years ago, I took Qatar Airways. the fair was cheaper, this motivated me to use this particular airlines.It had stops in Frankfurt and Doha. The stop at Frankfurt was ten hours and Doha three hours.
I traveled by Air Canada to Toronto from St. John’s. My next flight was by the same airlines to Frankfurt. It took seven or eight hours to reach Frankfurt,from Frankfurt to Doha was six hours and from Doha to Dhaka five and a half hours. In all I flew for twenty-two hours to reach my destination. I did not count the hours I waited at each airport for the flights.