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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai May 7th 2015

After several months in Australia, I landed back in the UAE to a hazy and misty morning sky, the air a mixture of fog & sand... the sand pit that we call home stretching out beyond and all around us. Arriving in Abu Dhabi in the early morning, the sun was attempting to break through the haze providing a surreal sunrise. The drive to Dubai was all too familiar, yet so surreal after the lush greenery, gum trees, rugged coast and fresh air of Aus. My head was spinning, even though I had only been a away for a few months, what lay before me was so vastly different to what I had become used to again in Warrnambool, a coastal town in Victoria. Two very different worlds that I am now living between as I ... read more
The Address Downtown from the Boulevard
Souk Al Bahr
Burj Khalifa

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 25th 2015

Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 April A good start for the big trip: we got to the airport in plenty of time and breezed through check-in in 5 minutes. A bit of playtime for Zachary, Noah, and Jade until it was time to do the farewells and off we went. Very friendly lady at Customs and Immigration (she was very familiar too, I’m sure it will come to me) and we watched the planes and other airport goings-on for half an hour or so before heading to the gate. Onto the half-full plane and away on time. Sadly, Emirates’ service wasn’t what it should be. We waited nearly an hour before we saw anyone to offer drinks, and then when meal-time came we were told we had to pre-order a child’s meal for Zachary, and this ... read more
Waterfall in Dubai Mall
Heather and Ed in front of the Dubai Mall Waterfall, taken by Zachary
The Dubai Dino

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 25th 2015

Saturday 25 April Sadly the whole 100th anniversary of Gallipoli has passed us by. We had originally planned to be in Sydney for this but then that didn’t work out so we opted for London. However we couldn’t get the accommodation we wanted that night (due in large part to the London Marathon being on the 26th) so we ended up in Dubai, where there isn’t a strong ex-pat contingent. Not to worry though as we will go to Gallipoli in July. Our last day in Dubai. A good solid sleep and Zachary actually slept until 7:30ish. This did rather hinder our plans to make an early trip to the beach though so instead we headed out to the old Al Fahidi fort which houses the Dubai Museum. All the exhibits are underground and it details ... read more
Fountain Dance as seen from 124 storeys up.
View from the Top
Another View from the Top.

Middle East » United Arab Emirates April 18th 2015

Day 15 Saturday 28 March At sea sailing north on the Java Sea with a slight swell. 31c partly cloudy with some rain. We crossed the equator today and they had a ceremony planned to turn those who had not crossed before, called Pollywogs into shellbacks featuring King Neptune but it had to be cancelled due to the rain. We both went to a lecture on Navigation at Sea by the Third Officer. Very informative and quite entertaining. I went to a talk on the search for allied troops missing in action after the War in the Pacific. After lunch we went to a presentation of a game show called Liars Club which was fun. Before dinner we went to a stretch class which was very hard but worthwhile and both walked. Gail had done one ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 9th 2015

So i’m a week into my round the world trip. I’m currently sitting on the plane flying to Colombo, Sri Lanka. I’m lucky to be sat here as I stupidly set my alarm an hour late! Thanks to my friend KT, a Michael Schumacher inspired taxi driver and over 50 ‘excuse me’s’ whilst racing through the airport, I manage to just make my flight - phew! So Dubai was great and bad strange all at the same time. Not a place I would ordinarily visit as it’s very bling and in constant construction and i'd say the overall sense I got was it is one of money, power and partying. But what I did like about this place is the real mix of nationality. You notice sitting on a metro that not one person looks alike. ... read more
Burj Khalifa
Burj Al Arab
Emirates palace hotel


Thanks to our airline, Ethiad, we are spending the day swaggin' out in the City Seasons Hotel in Abu Dhabi. There is an unlimited buffet for breaky, lunch and dinner, and the food is top notch. Also here is a list of things I have taken from the plane/hotel: Socks, earplugs, sleeping mask, toothbrush & mini toothpaste (x2), sewing kit, slippers, a razor & shaving cream, a nail file, q-tips, instant coffee packets, a comb (first time I've combed my hair all trip), various lotions and gels, bottled water, and I'm contemplating taking the beer opener but it looks to be low quality. Also, the flight here offered beer free of charge, which was kinda neat, but I don't get out much. Both Liam and I are extremely excited to return to the land of the ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi March 17th 2015

Well we woke up nice & early after a restless nights sleep. I think we both kept waking up as we knew we needed to be up & checked out of the hotel by 830am. John made the coffee as he usually does in the morning while I started gathering our things together to start packing up ready for our flights home. As we made our way down to reception we stopped again to look out at the race track below, you could never tire at looking out at the track. Again as we reached the main lobby the bellboy came racing over to us to take our suitcase from John & the carpark ticket also to bring the car up to us while we were checking out. Pedro was on the reception desk again & ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi March 16th 2015

Well we woke late after a lovely lie in to John finally feeling human again on the last day of our little trip to the Middle East. After getting ready we drove threw the Yas tunnel to Spinnys which is like there bargain booze really & bought a £5.25 litre bottle of vodka which we were very pleased about then we headed for Yas shopping mall. So back threw the tunnel we went & th mall was right next to Ferrari world which looked amazing as did Yas water world I just wish we had more time here & my John was feeling 100% himself. We parked up nice & easy in the luxury parking again which was free & proceeded into the mall to find some food as by now we were both starving. The ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi March 15th 2015

After an amazing nights sleeps in 1 of the best beds I've ever slept in we woke up not to late John wasn't feeling good again so we dosed him up on more tablets to keep him going before we went to breakfast. We took a slow walk over the restaurant were breakfast was taking place. Our table was all set up outside ready for us. After being asked what we would like to drink by 1 waiter another proceed to bring us food & lots of it & then asked what way we would like our eggs, by this time there was enough food on our table to feed a small army. The Juice was fresh the food plenty full & after about an hour we could eat no more. The resort manager came over ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 15th 2015

On the 26th February I packed up my Osprey 75L backpack and said my cheerios to the family at Glasgow airport. Writing this now it seems like forever ago Mum and I were greeting our wee hearts out. I jumped on my flight to Dubai and met up with Nicky (boyfriend/future ex-husband) who had arranged for some Haribos and Dairy Milk to be waiting for me on arrival to his spacious apartment (Lol it's a audio). The first week was great- dinners out coupled with lovely walks either down to JBR or the Marina - both wonderfully visual modern of Dubai. We parked up at a Shisha Bar called Smokey's, where enjoyed the most delicious Moroccan tea. The second week was class! We visited to the Dubai Mall - these malls are experiences in themselves - ... read more
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