Back to the Middle East

a trip by Alexis M Spencer
From: May 23rd 2018
Until: ongoing

After 3 years away from my old company, I find myself not only back with them, but back in Dubai. I will miss my family terribly (especially the little ones), but looking forward to new adventures!
Trip Length: 6 years
Blog Entries: 157
Photos: 3838
Words: 235429

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
June 19th 2018 Finger Lakes Wine Tasting - My top ten North America » United States » New York » Geneva
July 13th 2018 Dubai - I am back! Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai
August 11th 2018 Dubai - Settling In Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai
August 22nd 2018 Singapore - Day 1 Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina
August 23rd 2018 Singapore - Day 2, Gardens and Gardens Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina
August 24th 2018 Singapore - Day 3, Chinatown, Night Safari and Animal Carcasses Asia » Singapore » Chinatown
August 25th 2018 Singapore - Day 4, Malay neighborhood, Little India, unwinding in style Asia » Singapore
September 5th 2018 Dubai - Work Hard Play Hard (?) Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai
October 26th 2018 Netherlands - Day 1 Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Rotterdam
October 28th 2018 Netherlands - Days 2-3, Leiden and Nordwijk Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Leiden
November 2nd 2018 Netherlands - Days 3-8, Amsterdam Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam
November 3rd 2018 Netherlands - Das 8-9, The Hague and Leischendam Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » The Hague
December 3rd 2018 Seychelles - Cerf Island Africa » Seychelles » Cerf Island
January 1st 2019 Christmas in New York North America » United States » New York
April 1st 2019 Cebu, Philippines - Short wedding weekend away Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Cebu City
April 21st 2019 Abu Dhabi Staycation Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi
June 3rd 2019 Zimbabwe trip - Days 1 and 2 Africa » Zimbabwe » Victoria Falls
June 4th 2019 Zimbabwe trip - Day 3 Africa » Zimbabwe » Hwange
June 5th 2019 Zimbabwe trip - Day 4 Africa » Zimbabwe » Victoria Falls
June 6th 2019 Zimbabwe trip - Day 5 Matobo National Park Africa » Zimbabwe » Bulawayo
June 7th 2019 Day 6 - Zambia, Sunset Cruise, Boma Dinner Africa » Zambia » Livingstone
June 8th 2019 Zimbabwe trip - Day 7 Africa » Zimbabwe » Victoria Falls
July 26th 2019 Georgia - Drive to Ikalto Asia » Georgia » Eastern Georgia » Telavi
July 27th 2019 Georgia - Wine Country Asia » Georgia » Eastern Georgia » Telavi
July 28th 2019 Georgia - Ikalto Monastery to Tbilisi Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District
September 1st 2019 Kyrgyzstan - Yurts, eagles, lakes, and stars Asia » Kyrgyzstan » Yssyk Kol
September 14th 2019 Lincoln - start of a busy weekend Europe » United Kingdom » England » Lincolnshire » Lincoln
September 18th 2019 Nottingham - Family time Europe » United Kingdom » England » Nottinghamshire
September 19th 2019 Oxford - back to school Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire
September 20th 2019 Avebury, Stourhead Gardens, Salisbury Cathedral, Old Sarum Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire
October 19th 2019 Sisters in Switzerland - Zurich Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich
October 20th 2019 Sisters in Switzerland - Luzern Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Lucerne
October 21st 2019 Sisters in Switzerland - Hiking in Lauterbrunnen Valley Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen
October 23rd 2019 Sisters in Switzerland - side trip to Torno, Italy Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Torno
October 24th 2019 Sisters in Switzerland - The big hike: Chilchbaum and beyond Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen
October 25th 2019 Sisters in Switzerland - Interlaken, Oberhofen, and Thun Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Interlaken
October 26th 2019 Sisters in Switzerland - Bern and saying goodbye Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Berne
November 9th 2019 Saudi Arabian beauty - Alula and Umlujj Middle East » Saudi Arabia » Yanbu
November 9th 2019 Musandam Peninsula Dhow Cruise Middle East » Oman » Musandam Peninsula
November 30th 2019 Madagascar - Part 1, Addis Ababa Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region
December 2nd 2019 Madagascar - Part 2, River Cruise Africa » Madagascar » Belo sur Tsiribihina
December 4th 2019 Madagascar - Part 3, Tsingy National Park Africa » Madagascar » Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park
December 5th 2019 Madagascar - Part 4, Kirindy National Park and Baobab Avenue Africa » Madagascar » Belo sur Tsiribihina
January 6th 2020 Madagascar - Part 5, Morondava to Antananarivo Africa » Madagascar » Antananarivo
January 24th 2020 Djibouti - Part 1, Lake Abbe Africa » Djibouti » South » Dikhil
January 26th 2020 Djibouti - Part 2, Lac Assal Africa » Djibouti » North
January 27th 2020 Djibouti - Part 3, Ardoukoba Volcano Africa » Djibouti » East » Tadjoura
January 28th 2020 Djibouti - Part 4, Snorkeling Africa » Djibouti » East » Tadjoura
October 3rd 2020 UAE Staycation: Luxury Roadtrip Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Ras Al Khaimah
November 8th 2020 Dubai in the time of Covid Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai
November 16th 2020 UAE Hiking - Ras al Khaimah and Dubai Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Ras Al Khaimah
November 26th 2020 Namibia - Days 1-2, Covid travelling, crocodile farm Africa » Namibia » Otjiwarongo
November 28th 2020 Namibia - Days 3-4, Epupa Falls, Himba Tribe Africa » Namibia » Epupa
November 29th 2020 Namibia - Day 5, Drive to Palmwag Africa » Namibia
November 30th 2020 Namibia - Day 6, Skeleton Coast to Swakopmund Africa » Namibia » Swakopmund
December 1st 2020 Namibia - Day 7, Walvis Bay, Dune Bashing, Solitaire Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay
December 2nd 2020 Namibia - Day 8, Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, Sesriem Canyon Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei
December 5th 2020 Namibia - Days 9-11, Windhoek and the adventure back home! Africa » Namibia » Windhoek
May 6th 2021 Sri Lanka - Quarantine Part 1 Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Negombo
May 9th 2021 Sri Lanka - Quarantine Part 2 - Jim's Farm Villas Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Dambulla
May 10th 2021 Sri Lanka - Quarantine Part 3 - Sigiriya and Polonnawura Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Dambulla
May 16th 2021 Sri Lanka - Quarantine Part 4, Ahungalla Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Ahungalla
July 18th 2021 Russia - Kamchatka, Days 1-3 - Arrival, Black Sand Beach, Avinchinskaya Bay Europe » Russia » Far East » Kamchatka
July 20th 2021 Russia - Kamchatka, Days 4-5 - Avachinsky Volcano, Hot Springs Europe » Russia » Far East » Kamchatka
July 21st 2021 Russia - Kamchatka, Day 6 - Gorely Volcano Europe » Russia » Far East » Kamchatka
July 22nd 2021 Russia - Kamchatka, Days 7-9 - Mutnovsky Volcano, Best Campsite ever, Rafting Europe » Russia » Far East
July 27th 2021 Russia - Moscow, Days 10-11 - Metro, St Basil's, Kremlin Europe » Russia » Northwest » Moscow
July 31st 2021 Russia - St Petersburg, Days 12-15 - Peterhof Palace, city views, Cathedrals Europe » Russia » Northwest » Saint Petersburg
August 5th 2021 Saudi Arabia - Al Ula and beyond Middle East » Saudi Arabia
August 31st 2021 Montenegro - Days 1-2 - Skardarsko Lake, Podgorica and Mrtvica Canyon Europe » Montenegro » Rijeka Crnojevica
September 1st 2021 Montenegro - Day 3 - Biograska National Park, Ziplining, Black Lake Europe » Montenegro
September 2nd 2021 Montenegro - Day 4, Prutaš Peak Europe » Montenegro » Žabljak
September 3rd 2021 Montenegro - Day 5, Bay of Kotor, Old Town Kotor Europe » Montenegro » Kotor
September 17th 2021 Uzbekistan - Bukhara Asia » Uzbekistan » Bukhara
September 18th 2021 Uzbekistan - Samarkand Asia » Uzbekistan » Samarkand
November 1st 2021 Greece - Athens: Family and Acropolis Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens
November 3rd 2021 Greece - Delphi, Kirra, Livadia, Arachova Europe » Greece » Central Greece » Delphi
November 8th 2021 Greece - Amorgos Island Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Amorgos
November 11th 2021 Greece - Santorini via Naxos Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini
November 19th 2021 Stockholm with family Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm
December 11th 2021 Nepal - Yoga and Sound Healing Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu
December 12th 2021 Nepal - Yoga and Bhaktapur Asia » Nepal
December 24th 2021 Guatemala - Volcán de Fuego and Acatenango Central America Caribbean » Guatemala
December 25th 2021 Guatemala - Antigua Central America Caribbean » Guatemala » Capital Region » Antigua
December 29th 2021 Guatemala - Lake Atitlán Central America Caribbean » Guatemala » Western Highlands » Lago de Atitlán
February 5th 2022 Dubai Expo - Part 1 Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai
February 6th 2022 Dubai Expo 2020 - Part 2 Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai
February 27th 2022 Cambodia - Day 1, Traveling Dubai to Phnom Penh to Siem Reap Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh
February 28th 2022 Cambodia - Day 2, Ride to Kampong Phluk (Floating Village) Asia » Cambodia » North » Tonlé Sap
March 2nd 2022 Cambodia - Days 3-4, Cycling, Waterfalls, more sugar Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap
March 3rd 2022 Cambodia - Day 5, Angkor Wat and other temples! Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor
March 26th 2022 Sudan - Khartoum Africa » Sudan » North » Khartoum
March 27th 2022 Sudan - Roadtrip to the Pyramids, Meroe Africa » Sudan » North
April 30th 2022 Everest Base Camp trek, Day 0-1 - Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding Asia » Nepal » Lukla
May 1st 2022 Everest Base Camp trek, Day 2 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar Asia » Nepal » Namche
May 2nd 2022 Everest Base Camp trek, Day 3 - Namche Bazaar to Deboche Asia » Nepal » Tengboche
May 3rd 2022 Everest Base Camp trek, Day 4 - Deboche to Dingboche Asia » Nepal » Dingboche
May 4th 2022 Everest Base Camp trek, Day 5 - Dingboche to Leboche Asia » Nepal » Lobuche
May 5th 2022 Everest Base Camp trek, Day 6 - Lobuche to Gorak Shep to EBC Asia » Nepal » Gorak Shep
May 9th 2022 Everest Base Camp trek, Days 7-10 - Gorak Shep to Lukla to Kathmandu Asia » Nepal » Lukla
May 22nd 2022 Post-Covid Disney World 2022.... Meh North America » United States » Florida » Lake Buena Vista
May 25th 2022 Costa Rica - Playa Samara Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Guanacaste » Samara
May 29th 2022 Costa Rica - La Fortuna Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » La Fortuna
June 10th 2022 Kenya, Day 1 - Nairobi National Park and Ostrich Farm Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province
June 11th 2022 Kenya, Day 2 - Rift Valley, Hell's Gate, Geothermal Spa Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Hell's Gate National Park
June 12th 2022 Kenya, Day 3 - Crescent Lake, Giraffe Centre, Carnivore Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province
August 17th 2022 Brussels for 36 hours Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region
August 20th 2022 London 2022 - Days 1-2 Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London
August 22nd 2022 London - Days 3-4 Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London
August 23rd 2022 London - Day 5, St Duncan and Birmingham Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London
September 5th 2022 Kazakhstan - Lakes Kaindy and Kolsay, Charyn Canyon, Almaty Asia » Kazakhstan » East Kazakhstan » Almaty
September 26th 2022 Tajikistan 2022 - Dinosaur footprints and Iskander Kol Asia » Tajikistan » Fan Mountains
November 20th 2022 Copenhagen for 36 hours Europe
November 25th 2022 Kiruna, Sweden - Winter Adventures Europe » Sweden » Norrbotten County » Kiruna
November 26th 2022 Abisko - a winter wonderland Europe » Sweden » Norrbotten County
December 4th 2022 Stockholm- November 2022 Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm
December 24th 2022 Moldova for Christmas - Chisinau Europe » Moldova » Centre » Chisinau
December 25th 2022 Moldova for Christmas - Wine Cave, Church Cave, and Food! Europe » Moldova » South » Chisinau
December 27th 2022 Moldova - Transnistria Europe » Moldova » Transnistria
December 28th 2022 Romania - Bucharest stopover Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest
February 4th 2023 Cairo - Day 1, Pyramids, Memphis, Saqqara, Papyrus Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo
February 5th 2023 Cairo - Day 2, Museum, Mosque, Lunch, Nile Sunset Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo
March 5th 2023 Pakistan Wedding 2023 Asia » Pakistan » Lahore
April 15th 2023 Norway - Days 1-2, Oslo to Røldal Europe » Norway » Western Norway
April 16th 2023 Norway - Day 3, Røldal to Bergen Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Odda
April 17th 2023 Norway - Day 4, Bergen Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Bergen
April 18th 2023 Norway - Day 5, Bergen to Flam Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Flåm
April 19th 2023 Norway - Day 6, Flåm Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Flåm
April 21st 2023 Norway - Days 7-8, Flåm to Valdres to Airport Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Fagernes
April 23rd 2023 Iceland - Reykjavik Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík
April 25th 2023 Reykjanes Peninsula Europe » Iceland » Southwest
May 21st 2023 Weekend in Rome - family time Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome
June 4th 2023 Cappadoccia .... and rain Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia
June 24th 2023 Beijing, Days 1-2 - Jingshan Park, Drum Tower, Brewery Asia » China » Beijing » Dongcheng
June 25th 2023 Beijing, Day 3 - Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace Asia » China » Beijing
June 27th 2023 Hiking the Great Wall of China Asia » China » The Great Wall
June 28th 2023 Mongolia - Ger camps, cycling, and nomads Asia » Mongolia
June 30th 2023 Mongolia - Kharkhorin Asia » Mongolia » Kharkorin
July 2nd 2023 Mongolia - Chenghis Khan, Turtle Rock, Terelj Asia » Mongolia » Terelj
July 25th 2023 More to do in Dubai Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai
August 15th 2023 Ankara, Turkey Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Ankara
September 4th 2023 UAE Series - Fujairah Sites to See! Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Fujairah
October 1st 2023 Oman - Jebel Akhdar Middle East » Oman » Nizwa
October 2nd 2023 Oman - Al Hamra Middle East » Oman » Dakhliya
October 6th 2023 Reims - pop that Champagne! Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Reims
October 7th 2023 Reims Cathedral Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Reims
October 8th 2023 Quick stop at Epernay Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Epernay
December 2nd 2023 Kilimanjaro attempt - 7-day Lemosho route Africa » Tanzania » North » Mount Kilimanjaro
December 3rd 2023 Tanzania pre-safari hotels: Weru Weru and Ngare Sero Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha
December 4th 2023 Tanzania Safari #1: Tarangire National Park, Escarpment Luxury Lodge Africa » Tanzania » North » Tarangire National Park
December 5th 2023 Tanzania Safari #2 - Lake Manyara Africa » Tanzania » North
December 6th 2023 Tanzania Safari #3 - Ngorongoro Conservation Area Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area
December 10th 2023 Tanzania - Zanzibar Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar
March 4th 2024 Buenos Aires - Days 1-2 South America » Argentina
March 6th 2024 Buenos Aires - Days 3-4 South America » Argentina
March 7th 2024 Antarctica! - Days 1-2, Ushuaia and World Voyager South America » Argentina » Tierra del Fuego » Ushuaia
March 10th 2024 Antarctica! - Days 3-5 - Drake Passage, Polar Circle and Detaille Island Antarctica » Antarctica
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