Melbourne to Copenhagen
We arrived at the airport early and found ourselves through all the formalities and sitting at the gate lounge 2 hours before the schedule flight time. In line with the time honoured airline tradition we left around 30 minutes later than planned. We got the seats right. The flight had 3 sets of 3 seats across the plane. We booked two seats side by side in the middle set of 3 seats in economy. It meant we didn’t have to climb over anyone and nobody had to climb over us on the long haul flight. The flight was 13 hours and 13 minutes. Just as well we are not superstitious. Unfortunately we had a family of 2 adults and 3 kids coughing virtually non stop for the whole flight just across the aisle from us.
Doha airport is brand new and absolutely huge. Ultra modern and is everything you want an airport to be. We’re impressed. It was 36 degrees Celsius at 5.30 am when we arrived at Doha. The expected maximum was 43.
The 6 hour flight from Doha to Copenhagen passed uneventfully. We noted the skilful navigation that travelled in an “S” shape. They flew north initially to avoid Iraq, travelling over Iran instead. Then the turned left and went to the west of Ukraine. This flight was on one of the new 787 dreamliner planes. The windows are a bit bigger and instead of having a shutter you can raise and lower, you have a push button that can lighten or darken the tint on the window.
It cost us A$70 for a taxi from the airport to our hotel. As the crow flies it was less than 10 kilometres. The driver dodged grid lock down town and road works but we paid for it.
We ate dinner over the road at a pizza/pasta/burgers/salads place that was good value and most enjoyable. We went downstairs to use the free wifi in the lobby but 45 hours had passed since we got up on Thursday morning and we only had a few hours sleep on the long haul flight. Exhaustion overtook us and decided to call it a night around 8pm local time.