Today’s post is actually a lifestyle post on a small trip around a few places in Asia. However, this wasn’t my trip, instead my brother’s, nonetheless I thought you guys might like to see and know a little more about those places if you like travelling. As there is quite a lot to cover, I’m posting the whole trip in a small three part series, so today’s post is all about their transits and the next one would be about their time in Russia and the final part would be on the souveniers.
This year Russian Engineering Union (REU) invited students from School of Chemical & Materials Engineering (SCME) of the National University of Science & Technology (NUST), Pakistan, along with students of renowned universities from around the world to attend the Engineer’s of the Future Conference held at Irkutsk region, Russia. My brother being a student of SCME at NUST was the part of the delegation consisting of four students, Qassam Sarmad, Moiz Butt, Nadia Naseer and Maryam Adhami, along with a professor, Sir Nadeem Ehsan.
|Dubai International Airport|
On their way to Dubai from Islamabad, they were fasting as it was the month of Ramadan, therefore didn’t eat anything in the 2.30 hour flight and just watched the movie ‘Olympus has fallen’ to pass their time.
|Burger King for Iftaar|
Once at Dubai airport, they decided to go out as they had a whole day stay at Dubai, and it was only day time when they had arrived, but they weren’t allowed to go out at that time so they had to wait at the airport all day. They went to Terminal B and were looking for a lounge to rest when they found the Marhaba Lounge, but they later found that it was a paid lounge, $30 for 4 hours per head, which was a bit expensive on a student budget so they left and kept on looking around for a hotel, but hotels there were too expensive as well, $250 for 12 hours with 3 beds, so they decided they’d spend the night roaming around on the airport. Luckily they found some lounging chairs to rest on and took a power nap. When they woke up to break their fast they had Burger King for iftaar.
|Costa Coffee and Heineken Bar|
Later on they bought a pack of cards and went to Costa Coffee where they enjoyed some coffee and iced tea while playing cards.
Had ice creams at Haagen Dazs and then my brother and his friend were scouting up for things to buy on their way back from the duty free shops, had Starbucks and fries and drinks at McDonalds before going to a disturbed night’s sleep on those lounging chairs.When they woke up, they found out that the girls had already had breakfast at Olives & Figs, and these guys shared a bagel at Costa Coffee before leaving for the designated gate and getting on board for their flight to Beijing, China.
On this next flight, which was of about 6.30 to 7 hours, they caught up on their sleep and watched different movies.
|Beijing Airport, China|
When they reached China, it was actually night time and there were no other passengers in transit so there was no one behind the transit counter either on Beijing airport. An immigration officer came and checked their passports, then they were sent to the check post, and stuff like deodorant in hand carries were held back but medicines were allowed after adequate checking. A wi-fi username and password was issued on 3 of the passports and 2 devices could be used on each username, however, most of the social media websites are blocked in China so establishing a contact via them, with us, was difficult for them hence emails, whatsapp and viber came in handy.
|Chinese Fried Rice|