When you’re a wife and a mom, you know that it’s next to impossible to go on an all girl trip.
That’s why when the opportunity came knocking for me and 5 of my girlfriends to take a 10 day trip to Spain, (12 including travel time) we grabbed it and we owned it. It was a spontaneous suggestion over drinks, the husbands didn’t take it seriously until the tickets were purchased online, and the winter outfits bought or borrowed.
At this point there was no turning back!
We purposely planned a winter trip because off season rates are usually lower. Believe it or not, a RT ticket from Clark to Barcelona and from Madrid to Clark was $865 on Qatar! Yes, I know Clark right?? And we’re all from the South, but it wasn’t bad at all. We left on a holiday, the day the Pope left Manila and we were in Clark in maybe an hour an a half. Clark International Airport is definitely less stressful than our Manila airports. No lines at check in or immigration plus very pleasant airport staff. It was a breeze. Until…
The long wait in Doha.
Ok so it wasn’t going to be that easy. That $865 ticket came with a price. A 9 hour lay-over at the Doha Airport. On the upside the airport had just recently opened and it was a bright, spacious, hi-tech airport with lots to do. But yes 9 hours is 9 hours. After exploring every nook and cranny of the airport, having a long meal and window shopping, we had around 5 more hours to kill. We opted for a massage in the airport spa where we could wait out the remaining hours. Turned out to be a good idea, the massage was great, the therapist was of course Filipina. It was quite pricey though at E50 for a 30 minute massage. At least we were able to take a shower which put us all in better spirits for the next leg of our journey, Doha to Barcelona.
In case you have a long lay-over at the Doha airport, check out the spa at the top floor. Be sure to bring a swim suit, it would have been nice to take a dip.
Up next, touchdown Barcelona and Hotel 1898.
I don’t fly Qatar all the time, but I always make it a habit to check their latest promos.