Published: July 2nd 2012July 2nd 2012
Oh yeah, it was hot today. Babek told me the temperature was 46 - that is almost 115F!!! Goodness. I know sympathy from many of you is limited now, but just think - your heat wave will be over. Mine will continue for another two months! And probably be hotter!
Today was drama filled, starting with people shouting twice at the office, and one again at the Mall. I went to get my sim card from my phone activated (it could take up to 48 hours for some strange reason but it's going). Then I went to take back my phone that I had previously purchased and while waiting at the counter, an Arab man with his wife and another girl across the counter kiosk started yelling at each other! Like crazy yelling. I had been behind the girl who had been behind the couple in line. And yes, they were taking their time and talking with the woman at the counter, but they appeared to be asking questions about a big purchase. I lamented my luck at always ALWAYS seeming to pick the wrong line, but I was not mad - I just moved to the one next to
me. When they started talking loud, I thought the girl was explaining how whatever they had bought worked - that's what it looked like. But when the girl at the counter called a man over to assist me, it had gotten so loud we could not even hear each other. Then they were full on yelling. Eventually, the girl at the counter called for security. So strange!!!
Follow this up by three separate kids throwing complete down on the floor pounding the ground yelling their heads of temper tantrums! Right in the middle of the mall!
I stopped at the food court. I couldn't find the Thai place Eric told me about so I decided to eat at the Thai place I enjoyed before. When I was walking... wait... what's that? Where the h*ll did that come from??? As I walked past the Shake Shack to the main part of the food court, I realized there were three new restaurants in a corner that had previously been walled off. This place is too funny! There was a London Fish and Chips place, I forget the middle one, and a Japanese noodle place. I so wanted the spicy ramen
noodles (TOKI!!!), but it was just way too hot out for a soup like dinner, so I got Yakisoba noodles instead. Warm, but just as delicious cold so good as leftovers.
Finally, I picked up some food from the craziness that is Carrefours and I took some more photos for you all. There are so many fruits and vegetables to choose from - and you put them in bags and go to one of the weigh stations or to individual guys with scales to place the price on it (kind of like Wegmans, but people weigh for you). These guys are so fast! And they're all memorized. Amazing. I bought cherries, bell peppers, cucumbers, red onion, sunflower seeds and pretzels. (I still haven't found good pretzels here - boo!). I wanted strawberries, but they were too pricey. All of my purchases cost 47AED = about $13.
Oh!!! And my degree attestation came today!!! FINALLY! So, now I am on the road to getting my visa!!!!!!!!!
There are more photos below