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

I was so excited to try my first brunch that I skipped out on the trip with Jamie and co. to Al Ain. My coworkers had been planning this for weeks and I looked forward to trying it and getting to know them better. If I hadn't gone, it would have been at least another month to experience it... Decisions, decisions. Either way, I'm sure I'd have a great time. Anyway, my "american coworker" and I (let's call him Melvin), went out to McG's again the night before. I got to see his apartment beforehand which is much better than my own amazing place.... Oh well - I still live in my dream apartment for the moment. He lent me a couple of books so I can pursue my NPR Tope 100 Sci Fi / Fantasy ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai September 1st 2012

I am too tired to write much, but last night my american coworker wanted to make sure that I would be up at the crack of dawn to go off roading with him and our boss, along with a couple of their friends. Of course. As long as we were back before the heat. We drove towards Al Awir and went off roading somewhere around there. Camels everywhere! Towards the end, there was also a group of wild donkeys but they were scared of the three big machines coming toward them, so I never got a good photo of them as they ran away. Enjoy the photos.... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 31st 2012

It was kind of a typical week, though busy as Jamie had returned. I finished my two big reports so the next week or so at work should be relatively easy. yay! I was doing very well with going to the gym every day for at least a half hour - burning some calories, climbing some stairs, and reading my book. The women's gym is pretty lame but it is better than nothing and it's free. Wednesday was the busiest. I FINALLY had gotten my national id, so I was looking forward to getting my license. Yay! So, I decided to go Wednesday after lunch and meet Jamie for a massage afterwards. Little did I know that the licensing place keeps ramadan like hours as they close at 2. Such a pain. I got there at ... read more
Map of the Walk at JBR
The Walk
The Walk

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 30th 2012

Right, where to start? The plane ride to Dubai was interesting in itself. We had our own entertainment system for the flight over which came with all sorts of games, films and TV to watch on demand. You could also track the progress of the flight, which was a little unnerving when we flew over Bahgdad and Basra! The in-flight entertainment also came with two live cameras, one looking beneath the plane so you could match the features on the map to those on the camera. The other camera looked forward so you could see what the pilot could see. Made for an interesting landing! The food on the flight was also very nice for a change so all this made the time fly by. As we came in to land, the plane flew past the ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 25th 2012

A nice easy weekend ended with a busy day. My maids arrived right on time this morning and while they were here, I headed to the gym. Man, I think reading Chelsea Handler while on the stationary bike is a good plan - I sped through 55 minutes and 374 calories. Wootwoot. I am a little disappointed with the women's gym here - no weights and no privacy. I was there by myself and some maintenance guy probably walked outside the windows about 7 times while I was doing some yoga. Still, I guess a treadmill, bike, and stairmaster is better than nothing. Maybe I'll go to the men's gym when it is empty (Candi - still thinking of you and the "men's section"!!!) I came home and my friend wanted to know if I wanted ... read more
Typical homes
Camel close up
Camels just commuting

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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 24th 2012

Prepare yourself for a boring entry: Nothing much exciting this week. I had my first sick half/day, but honestly I've never felt better since I've been here. It couldn't be the lack of alcohol.... could it? of course, that was the day the client who had been relatively easy picks to flip out and I don't know if he even tried to call me, but he did call my boss a few hours after I'd left work. I really don't get the mentality here. Jamie warned me. Eric warned me. And I am not regretting coming here by any means, but it is still shocking behavior. I go in the next day after being sick AND stressed the day before, and Thursday was a busy but easy day. After work yesterday, my American coworker and I ... read more
Bonnington Hotel
my movie ticket
Lakeview Tower

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 22nd 2012

I arrived in Dubai at a smidgen before midnight, having left the (dis)comfort of sweaty Bologna and headed to Milan. Two buses, two trains, a coach and a shuttle later and I was at the airport ready to depart. I was the only person in the departure lounge not wearing a burkha. Alarm bells were ringing... I had thought that flying Emirates would be the most luxurious way to travel possible. I was quite wrong. Okay, the inflight entertainment system was a nice way to wile away the hours, and yes the staff were all very courteous, but the fundamentals were not there. The arm on my seat was broken so I had nowhere to rest my limbs for 8+ hours. The entertainment screen only worked in darkness (what should have been a screening of The ... read more


Day 29 - final day, and home I shared my first, and final night with the lovely Renske. I had qUnite a good nights sleep, but was dreaming about the weight of my backpack, and will it make it onto the plane! Maybe it was more of a nightmare..lol. In my dream it made it, so I am hopeful! This morning after breakfast, Renske and I said goodbye to Jess. Now just me and Renske left. I leave at 12.00 lunchtime for Hanoi airport. I have come out for a final iced coffee at my favourite coffee bar. I walked in circles for an hour and a half, but couldn't find it! After the amount of times I have been there I am disappointed in my self. I finally gave up and came to Le Pub! ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi August 19th 2012

The six weeks I had at home after returning from Spain flew by in a blur of visiting, eating and drinking, and before I knew what was happening, I was at Dublin Airport en route to South Korea. I had successfully managed to squeeze my allocated 23kgs into my new rucksack, 7kgs into my cabin bag, aswell as another 5kg into my handbag and a camera bag to boot. It still hadn't kicked in that I was embarking on the longest section of the biggest journey of my life...not sure that something like this ever does!! My flight took me first to Abu Dhabi for a 15hour stopover, where luckily I managed to spot two guys also on the EPIK program, Denis and David from Cork. We were able to leave our bags, find our way ... read more
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque
old v new
the stopover crew

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 18th 2012

My accident on Monday traumatized me a bit - I get a little freaked out on the drive now! haha! Unfortunately, my neck is still a little stiff; when I turn my head more than a little, it is a reminder of the incident. I tried to call the police later Monday afternoon to report it, after he dropped off my laptops. They sent me around three times then I got a guy who said basically, if I wasn't in a car accident right now, they didn't care. I should call RTA and report him, but the call with the police put me off. Anyway, the rest of the week was pretty nice. We got out of work early on Wednesday and Thursday for the end of Ramadan. We also have Sunday and Monday off for ... read more
Our group...
Outside Zaabeel Saray
Jumeirah Madinat




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