Around the World in 80 Days
Day 15: 9 October
At 2.35 we are shown out of Saudi Arabia and into Qatar, country number ten in fifteen days.
The Qatari customs shed is not run down, just bare. I begin to wilt in the heat as we are slowly moved from desk to desk. One look around at this fly-blown place reveals a total absence of the hoped-for taxi. When we make enquiries, we're made aware of how much we need Nick, or someone with a little of the language. There is no taxi rank for 50 miles. Clem goes to try and phone up a car from Doha, the capital of Qatar, whilst I try my luck at cadging us a lift. Three friendly Qatari policemen let me share their hut. They assure me they'll find a vehicle going our way, with the two words that mean you're sunk in any language: 'No problem'.
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- Series: Around the World in 80 Days
- Day: 15
- Date: 9 October
- Country/sea: Saudi Arabia
- Place: Abu Samra (Saudi/Qatar border)
- Book page no: 60
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