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The one about jet lag

We’re back to Perth, and I’m back to blogging! It is a personal goal of mine to keep up the blogging on a regular basis – our long travels (and subsequent visits with friends and family) threw a bit of a wrench into consistent writing, but as we round the corner into spring (southern hemisphere, folks!), I am taking a vow to keep up the good ol’ blogging!

So before I launch into a review in (a few) pictures of our trip to the states, I thought I’d talk about my current state of mind: jet lag. After 38 (isn) hours of air travel and (exactly) a 12 hour time difference, to say we’re a little off on our sleeping patterns would be an understatement. When I fly those long haul flights, I try to drink lots of water and set my watch to the destination time as soon as I board so I can start the acclimation process ASAP, but there’s always an adjustment period. Some of the folks Barr work with do these long haul flights once a month (or more!) – I don’t know how they do it!

And this lovely face was BEFORE all our travel. You don't want to see the after...

And this lovely face was BEFORE all our travel even began. You don’t want to see the after…

It is said that traveling east to west (coming back to Perth from the east coast of the states) is easier on our circadian clock than went to east, and I would tend to agree. That being said, it is also said that for every time zone you cross, it takes that same amount of days (approximately) to recover – per that math, I guess we’ll be back on track in about 2 weeks…yikes!!!

Via MyHouseCallMD.com

So:

  • Staying hydrated
  • Shunning (or at least attempting to shun) naps
  • Moderate exercise
  • A alternating combination of melatonin and caffeine

….are some of my standby tips for battling jet lag…do y’all have any additions? I’m open to ideas, given my 8PM bedtime and 4AM wake up call! 🙂

Hope y’all had fab Labor Day weekends, and until next time…

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The Blantons Do Dubai – Part 1

I mentioned a few weeks back, my in-laws troubles traveling to Dubai from the states – well, they made it! After a grueling two days of travel (SDF –> ATL, missing connection led to sleeping overnight in ATL, then –> LGA, a mad dash to JFK, without their bags, but bags be damned, they were going to fly the Emirates A380 to Dubai), the foursome arrived in DXB! Of course, it was raining (only the second time I’ve seen rain since we moved here), but the skies cleared shortly after they landed, and everyone was in high spirits despite the tough travel experience. (And no worries, their bags arrived, spread out over two days, but arrived nonetheless!)

A peek through a gate at some lovely Arabic rugs and fabrics in Bur Dubai

A peek through a gate at some lovely Arabic rugs and fabrics in Bur Dubai

The crew hit Bur Dubai first to get a genuine taste of the city, shortly contrasted by a trip to Mall of the Emirates to get some much needed clothes until their suitcases arrived. Mission accomplished! Everyone was pooped, and rightfully so, so we had an early dinner and bedtime.

Christmas Eve was uber festive, and very Dubai, with a boat trip up the coast to see the Burj al Arab, downtown Dubai, the Palm and ending back at the Marina. My friend, Virginia, arranged the whole thing, and her family was in town as well, so it was great to bring our two great Southern families together 😉

Some shots I stole from Todd, Virginia and Ryland of our afternoon on the gulf

Some shots I stole from Todd, Virginia and Ryland of our afternoon on the gulf

We went to a very festive, multicultural Christmas Eve church service at Fellowship of the Emirates, followed by an equally festive turkey dinner (best Todd’s ever had!) at Ruth’s Chris (apparently our American holiday hot spot!)

I’ll end today’s post with Christmas Day 2013. As I’ve found with Dubai in general is that its a meeting of cultures: on Christmas Day we to the Center for Cultural Understanding for a traditional Emirati breakfast (my favorite thing to do with visitors!), ending Christmas Day with Thai food at Mango Tree and of course, our Secret Santa gift exchange – all in all, a fabulous Christmas! Tomorrow I’ll bring you part two of the trip. Until next time…

Curry popping a pin onto Memphis, TN at the Center for Cultural Understanding - the first!

Curry popping a pin onto Memphis, TN at the Center for Cultural Understanding – the first!

Visiting our friend at the calligraphy shop, where Curry learned how to spell her name in Arabic

Visiting our friend at the calligraphy shop, where Curry learned how to spell her name in Arabic

 

Visitor(s) #2!

And just like that, our second set of visitors are en route…kind of. Barr’s parents, brother and our sister-in-law are coming to Dubai from the states, but have been a tad delayed in good old Atlanta. 😦 Think happy thoughts for them as they wake up today and make their way (via a new route) to DXB! Here we Blantons are last Thanksgiving (pooches included!)

familyChristmas in the desert will be an adventure for everyone, and we couldnt be more excited to have them all here in just a few(ish) hours – stay tuned for updated on their visit, and I hope everyone has Merry Christmases wherever you may be in the world. Until next time (think those good thoughts and prayers for the stateside Blantons!)….