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Published: December 3rd 2012
Saturday was round two of the Sevens and it was a gorgeous day out. We sat in the same area as the previous evening and drank some more heinekins. It was even more crowded - whether that was due to the weather, the fact that it was more dramatic games or a mixture of both I don't know. I think the sun wore me out because I left soon after sunset on my own. Someone put their foot down and the buses were nice and organized this time - I walked to the JLT line, was directed to one of the staggered buses, boarded a full, but not packed bus and after a ten minute wait we were on our way. As soon as I got home, I was out. Sam came home a little later and said Samoa beat New Zealand to win (I can't remember what they won exactly - the tournament was divided into four: The Trophy, Cup, Plate, Bowl).
Sunday was Dubai's (and the UAE's) national holiday to celebrate 41 years of the UAE. Yay! So, there were flags all over the place and everyone just about gets the day off. We ordered some crepes which
There were another 7 guys with dwarf masks - loved it!
were Y-U-M and a little later, headed to Hard Rock Cafe for lunch with Samar and Melvin. I was craving a burger and satisfied it. I was also craving a shake... so I was feeling very very full for about 4 hours afterwards. On the way to lunch, we had stopped to look at the ruins of Tamweel Tower's big inferno - ruined cars, blackened balconies and skeletal frame at the top. Still just absolutely amazing no one died!
Melvin and I then went to the textile district so he could exchange two pashminas his wife had bought that turned to be cheaper quality than they'd been led to believe. Long story, but if you come here, worth noting: His wife bought 14 pashminas for gifts and agreed on a price that worked out to be about 28 dirhams each, but she wanted two in a specific color that they didn't have, so the guy went to one of their other stores to get those colors and basically the two new ones he slipped in were not pashminas but polyester and poor quality so had rips on them. We had trouble exchanging them because the guy (somewhat understandably) said
we were basically exchanging two poor quality ones for real pashminas. Always remember that the pashminas will have tags on them stating what materials they are and where they were made. I bought two more from a different store.
It is definitely an experience going to the souks along Deira Creek, having people yelling at you to buy their stuff. I would love to be able to just look through things, but they are constantly surrounding you trying to sell.
While there, I got a text from a college friend who has been in the area for the last few weeks, but we keep missing each other. He was nearby but I was just completely exhausted so went home. But he and a couple of friends were heading my way anyway, so we met up for dinner at McGettigans. I was still ridiculously full from lunch, so I just had a Guinness and caught up with him. I still can't believe the people I've run into here! He is in the area for a few more months, so I'm sure we'll hang out again.
Then I went home to pack. Almas Tower was actually lit up this
weekend. Melvin said it used to be lit up every Thursday but I've never seen it so - it was pretty nice and a shame they don't do it more often since Dubai Marina gets all the attention!
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