Greetings from Doha! I’m collaborating within the World Cup for the primary time and it’s an unimaginable expertise. I’ve been following Canadian soccer for a few years. I used to be lucky sufficient to take part within the Video games on the U20 Girls’s World Cup a number of years again. Then, when Vancouver hosted the Girls’s World Cup, I used to be capable of go to a number of video games, together with watching Canada advance to the quarterfinals with over 50,000 in attendance.
My dream of collaborating within the World Cup started on a chilly January night; As with most good concepts, after a few beers. I made a decision to place my identify within the draw for World Cup tickets. The ticketing system consists of making use of for a ticket; Then, over the course of a number of months, fortunate winners got the privilege of buying tickets.
My identify was taken out within the first draw. On the time, Canada had not certified, however it regarded promising. Ultimately all of it got here collectively and I used to be capable of journey to Qatar.
Partially, members within the World Cup have been left to their very own gadgets to rearrange their journey and lodging. For this World Cup I had to purchase my tickets for Canada’s three matches in addition to the spherical of 16, assuming Canada superior. Then I needed to guide lodging, however all of the lodging was being managed by a central company.
I ended up dwelling within the most cost-effective place attainable: a dormitory-type residence with about 30,000 models on the far outskirts of Doha, Qatar’s capital metropolis. Building started two years in the past; After I reserved my room it was not even constructed but.
As soon as I bought my tickets and lodging, I used to be capable of apply for my Hayya card. Every little thing we do within the nation relies on the Hayya card. That is your allow to enter the nation, experience the subway, check in to your room, and attend sports activities.
As soon as every little thing was in place, my journey started with a brief flight from Kamloops to Vancouver, the place I spent the evening. Vivid and early the subsequent day, it was 4.5 hours by Air Canada to Toronto; Then after a delay of two hours it took 12.5 hours to Doha. I arrived within the night, and after a number of false begins I used to be capable of board a shuttle bus straight to my lodging. After checking in I met (for the second time) my roommate with whom I might be sharing the room for the subsequent 21 days.
There are two mosques on campus, and morning prayers are provided on the time my jet-lagged physique decides to get up. I spent the morning exploring the complicated, which consists of 26 clusters with a number of buildings. Every cluster has its personal central reception and small retailers resembling cafes, shops, laundry, pharmacy and so forth.
My new roommate and I went to central Doha to discover completely different locations and possibly attempt to get additional tickets. Doha is a ravishing fashionable metropolis, and Qatar has spent some huge cash to organize it for the world, however with some rising pains.
Being on my campus is a particular expertise. The variety of worldwide followers carrying group jerseys, flags, and so forth. – within the tens if not 1000’s – actually provides a way of the significance of the occasion exterior of Canada.
Speaking to individuals, everyone seems to be to listen to about Canada, however nobody is pondering that now we have any hope. our first recreation is on wednesday [Nov. 23]After we blow the Belgians. Aaaallez, allez, allez, le rouge!
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