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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 13th 2012

I was looking forward to Friday last week because that was when I would have my first guests at my new apartment. Fortunately, my place is still too new to be messy, so it was easy to clean. However, cooking was something new! I haven't cooked since I've been here, so I was excited. First, I had to do some grocery shopping, which is an adventure itself. It is very hard to find things here that I am used to cooking with. For instance, the vanilla extract I found was not in a little vial, but as a powder. I hope that is the right thing... it tasted fine! Some of my usual vegetables either looked amazing (sweet potatoes, okra) or disgusting (celery). This would also be the first time I would be cooking with meat, ... read more
Iftar

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 13th 2012

Ok, I just wrote a blog about 6 hours ago, but let me just say that those six hours have been among the craziest and most stressful of my life, but DEFINITELY during the time I've been here. We had our group meeting at 10 before our manager goes on leave. I was able to finish some work before my taxi came at noon. He was right on time and we headed to my apartment so I could meet the Du installation tech at 1:00. It is a long drive that I've made a million times before, so I sat back and started reading my kindle. I looked up and Whoa! There is a car about 6 inches from my face to my left. He was apparently trying to get in our lane between our taxi ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 11th 2012

What a fantastic place and very hot. Been riding camels in desert and mad sand dune ride in land cruiser hop on hop of bus been great Dunai blown us away and certainly worth staying longer. Palm island and atlantis magnificent. This bloody iPhone giving grief so I am going to sign of and pack bag for early Morning flight to Rome... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 9th 2012

PAIT = Praise Allah It's Thursday (the middle eastern version of TGIF). This will be rather short as my life has been work, commute, grocery shopping. Last night was a good night at soccer. I seriously love the girls that we play with. Some of them can be a little whiny, which makes wonder how anyone can coach high school girls! But they're all fun and they've learned a lot since I started playing with them about a month ago. Our season starts in September and we are close to ready. We've had the assistant coach us the last two weeks while our regular coach is on holiday. Yesterday, he had us doing passing drills and play a scrimmage which focused on passing, and everyone has obviously improved. Each time he has us do this competitive ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 9th 2012

Dubai; the first stop!! We have been saving up for what feels like an eternity (in reality it was probably about 7 months)... Now it's finally time to leave! Arriving in Dubai was surreal. It is a place nowhere like anywhere either of us have ever been to! The city is built upon a desert; every now and again you see a building plot of desert sand. The heat was so intense; we arrived at 7.30pm to a temperature of 38degree celcius which, when accompanied by respectful clothing and heavy back packs it was unbearable! Everyone we encountered right from our arrival were so polite and welcoming. They usually directed their conversations towards Will as men are the dominant gender in the UAE. They always referred to us as Sir and Madam. We had endless people ... read more
Dubai fountain show
Dubai mall
desert camp

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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 7th 2012

First, let me warn you that this will be a long one - a lot happened in the last 24 hours. Fortunately, I got to take some good photos (of more food), with my amazing camera. Ivan came into my office yesterday and said, "Oh wow! You have a G12!" I looked around and said, "I do?" Haha! At least now I know what type of camera I own and that apparently it's amazing. Good job, Ventucky crew! He showed me some more features and could not stop raving about it. So, I realized I should make a better effort of getting to know the individual functions better. I had an exciting job prospect today; I don't want to go into too much detail about the project, but I really hope we get it and that ... read more
Main Course
Kebabs - Beef and Chicken
Dessert Course

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 6th 2012

Sunday is the day to return to work. Of course, I am back into the groove of not wanting to go back to work after a nice weekend. But there it was. At least there was no real pressure at work right? Well, I had to make sure that a test was being done that should have been done weeks ago. I trained an intern and a young engineer in how to log a borehole with mostly sand samples. I was tasked with taking care of an intern (and later, two interns) and was planning to take them to a job site in the heat of the summer to observe drilling operations. And last, but not least, I heard AGAIN from a project that I thought was complete weeks ago. I wound up talking to my ... read more
Dizi dinner

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 5th 2012

It was actually a busy weekend. Somehow, we all got out of work early on thursday. Joselet said that everyone had left and I went to go to the main building to see someone and it was locked! Whoohoo! She gave me a ride to the Mall (of course), where I proceeded to do some more shopping before going home. I still just could not find any dishes that hit my fancy. I came home, threw my stuff down, laid on my couch and passed the heck out. I woke around 10 pm and read my book until about 3 am. The next morning, I alternated between geneaology, finishing my book, and officially unpacking my stuff. It felt good to finally be able to put my suitcases away. I'd been living out of them two months, ... read more
My kitchen!
My huge bed with a view

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 2nd 2012

I apologize for lack of pictures, but since I do not have internet yet at my new place, it is not as easy. I will take some good pictures for you this weekend and upload them Sunday. Yesterday was another slow day at work, so I actually left early with my Muslim coworker to go to the mall. I wanted to transfer some money, start my internet/cable service and get some more necessary supplies. First, I grabbed a ticket from Du, where you get your internet/cable/phone set up. My ticket said H383 and the board indicated they were only on H343, so I decided to walk across to the UAE exchange to send some of my cash to my home bank account, since I still do not have a bank account here and I wanted to ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 2nd 2012

I had a 7 hour layover in Dubai, so I decided to rent a car and drive around. It is very clear to me that there is enough money here to build large glass and steel buildings and populate them with designer labels. I am not entirely certain what is missing from this place. Could it be a soul?... read more
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