Greetings! I have been a bit remiss in posting the past few days, but there is something very different about the Middle East that I have had to get used to: weekends are Friday and Saturday here in Dubai (and throughout the Middle East). Fridays are the Muslim Holy Days here, and the metro and many shops dont even open until later in the day. Given this adjusted schedule, Barr was “home” (as much as you can call the hotel home), and we took advantage of some exploring! What’s more, we found and secured an apartment for the year! Woo hoooooo! So, if you’ll indulge me, a bit of a long weekend recap:
Apartment Hunting: If you know Barr and I, we can be very different: he is indecisive to a fault, while I often (okay, always) tend to make decisions too quickly/without thinking them through – knowing ourselves, we were a bit nervous about our 1(!) day of house hunting here. BUT, if you can believe it (because I scarcely can), we found a place we both liked, within our budget, and in the area we had hoped for. The apartment will be a bit tight, but were ready for the challenge – besides, the views, tall ceilings, 2 bathrooms, and updated fixtures/appliances were too good to pass up! Here are some shaky IPhone shots (more to come once we move in and start furnishing!)
At the Top & Dubai Mall:
Friday the mister and I had a little lay in, grabbed breakfast, and headed for some touristy stuff. Thanks to my wonderful father, we now have what I like to call the “big girl camera” (Barr, not so much). It’s an awesome Nikon, but it isnt as handy as an IPhone or point and shoot, though the results are MUCH better. So, as a result, you will notice my awesome camera strap and festive backpack (full of camera lenses and other photography goodies) – tourists written all over. Anyway, we took the big girl camera with us “to the top” – of the Burj Khalifa
– the world’s tallest building. I’m okay with heights, but the view can be dizzying…enjoy some shots from the top as well as at the Dubai Mall!
Super tourists at the top
The Dubai Mall/fountain from above
Contemplating the view/trying not to get dizzy
Super tourist shot by Barr
Dubai Mall (by Barr)
Saturday: Friday night, we met up with a friend that I had been “introduced” to via email through some Charlotte girlfriends – she lives here in Dubai and is from Charlotte as well. Although I didnt take any pictures, I should have! It was great to meet her – she had a ton of good insights and it was fun to realize all of our mutual friends – crazy that we hadnt met before! 🙂 The next morning, Barr insisted on a trip to the pool while I insisted on a trip to Ikea. We hit the pool first thing in the morning to avoid the oppressive afternoon heat, and at about 1PM, headed back to the hotel and then Ikea. I was actually quite proud of us as we navigated the metro system from one end of the city to the other (not that hard considering that most of the city runs along 1 major thoroughfare), to the Swedish megastore, Ikea. It’s pretty much like any Ikea you would find in the states (or globally, I would assume) – and we managed to settle on some furniture that we both liked – the most important of which will probably be a wardrobe, given the size of our closets! Check out my Instagram (ASBlanton) for some snaps of our Ikea adventure.
So, now it’s Sunday and Barr is back to work (a weird mental adjustment), and I’m off to run some errands, do some research on future trips, check out the local Crossfit gym (!), and order some home goodies/furniture! Hope everyone has a great weekend, wherever you are and whatever days that may include. Until next time…