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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 24th 2017

Left England on the hottest June day since 1976, it was ridiculous, fortunately we spent most of it either in the car or in the air conditioned airport lounge! Flight had its moments at one stage the air crew were told to take their seats you know it's properly bumpy when that happens. When I wasn't sitting there with my eyes closed praying I caught up on my movie watching, having watched Moana on my way over I decided Storks was my speed, then started to watch Trolls but it was aimed at kids I think and I gave up! Stephen was sorted the latest series of Vikings, he has saved some for the trip from Dubai to NZ though as 17 hours is a long time to fill. We had left UK at around 8pm ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 24th 2017

Dubai for 2 days. 45 degrees in the shade. Sea is as hot as a bath and sadly no sign of any fishes for Oliver.. Been living the expat life with Alison and Ross. Luckily it's a Weekend in Dubai on Friday and Saturday so we have been seeing the sights of with big air con malls, ridiculously tall buildings Burj Kahlifia and crazily big fish tanks.. A strange place quite surreal..this place doesn't really make any sense.. But it's late and neither do I.. Hopefully get some pictures on tomorrow when we worked out how to download from Ginnys camera. Happy Eid to you all! A... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem June 23rd 2017

Dear Blog Readers, Alarm clocks were set and breakfast was chowed down to make it out of the hotel for 8am. The plan was to get to the Western Wall as early as we could in order to beat the queues to head up onto the Temple Mount above it - one of the most sacred place for Muslims and Jews in the world. For it was here that the large slab of rock under the golden Dome of the Rock is where Muslims believe Mohammed made his ascent and where Jews believe Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son. Once we paved through the old city, we cut across the area of the Western Wall and were surprised to find no queues. The security guard there just shook his head and said, "Ramadan". Damn! After a ... read more

Middle East » Cyprus » Kyrenia June 22nd 2017

Thursday 22nd June 2017 No clouds at all this morning, it's going to be a hot one. Usual start to the day, but a small repair job to be done to the fly screen on our patio door. Late last night just before we ventured off to bed, a brave cat came strolling by and took a look thro the flyscreen. Kilroy was oblivious at first but suddenly spotted the small feline and made a dash for the door. As is the way with cats, they will always win, especially as Kilroy head butted the fly screen knocking it out of its runners. The cat meanwhile nonchalantly strolled away! Fortunately no damage done to anyone, just the job of repositioning the flyscreen back on its runners, all whilst Kilroy was sniffing around trying to offer his ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Jaffa June 21st 2017

Dear Blog Readers, Today's breakfast contribution came from 'salad dressing woman' sat next to us. Once coiffed, we packed our bags for a day in Tel Aviv. First stop was filling the hire car with petrol (more expensive than back home at £1.30/litre). Amazingly, we had a sprinkling of rain on the way into the city centre! Once the car was dropped off, having tried to get another $15 out of me unsuccessfully, we got the tram to the bus station. Our attempt to get a hat-trick of modes of transport was successful as we were soon on a full bus to Tel Aviv. The traffic was pretty bad but it took just over an hour and the bus was fairly comfortable but minimal leg room for my lanky legs. We hopped on a local bus ... read more

Middle East » Israel » West Bank » Bethlehem June 20th 2017

Dear Blog Readers, Opened the curtains to shocking weather this morning - at least two clouds in the sky!? Breakfast has now become a game of seeing who has the weirdest breakfast - our favourites so far are '5 Peaches' and 'Piling Up the Kugal Man'. We debated whether to pay the $140 for a trip to the Dead Sea but decided to rent a car for $50 instead. The car rental took a bit of finding but once there we were asked for our passports...damn. In the now sweltering heat (where have my two clouds gone!?), I trudged back to the hotel and returned with them. My request for a Nissan Note fell on deaf ears and we settled with a Kia. The bloke showing me how to start the car was a little concerned ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem June 19th 2017

Dear Blog Readers, The Sun is setting and the evening prayers are being blasted from the speakers nearby. The evening leaves a dusty haze as the Sun sets which makes a change from the haze of Heathrow induced pollution back home. Another action packed day as I write this post nap before heading out into the city centre for some dinner. The plan of waking at 7am fell through predictably but we were sat down for breakfast at the hotel by 8am somehow. The breakfast buffet here is something to behold. We think it has catered for pretty much every nationality. Just some of the things on the menu include noodles, smoked herring, pickled onions, and my personal favourite, tuna pasta salad. As is White family tradition, we attacked the buffet with gusto but didn't find ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem June 18th 2017

Dear Blog Readers, We are back! We booked a week away in Israel with no real reason other than Laura missing out on it when she went on a secondary school trip due to political unrest...they ended up going to Syria instead. She sees this as her own personal pilgrimage of one of her favourite musicals. As has often been the case, relatively little planning has been involved but we booked some flights (BA) and a nice hotel (Grand Court) accompanied by a guide book and my Panama hat. We had a couple of lounge passes so decided not to slum it with the plebs at Terminal 5 and went at the buffet for three hours like it was an endurance challenge. The flight over went smoothly, as did the landing, but I struggled to stay ... read more

Middle East » Cyprus » Kyrenia June 16th 2017

Friday 16th June 2017 Seems like around 6am is now the norm for waking up, so it was the usual cup of tea and weather check. Clear blue cloudless sky, temperature 22C and all is still. Forecast for the weekend and for the next couple of weeks is an average of 32C. No doubt as we enter July and August we will also have a few very very hot days. We hear the weather in parts of the UK is also set fair for the weekend, so enjoy it whilst it lasts......our weather is expected to remain hot and sunny till around the end of October. A quick water of the garden, which is now looking very green and flowers coming out - amazing what a bit of water will do to spark things back into ... read more
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Middle East » Cyprus » Kyrenia June 12th 2017

Monday 12th June 2017 You know it's going to be a sticky day when you wake up and take a look up to the mountains and see the cloud just hovering over the top. Not very comfortable moving around as you can very soon be reduced to a watery mess, so best thing is to not move far at all! Today we will be mostly reading and relaxing, with nothing planned apart from awaiting a call from Ahmet our gate man who promised to call today to arrange to come up and take some measurements for our gates that we need making to prevent Kilroy making a break for freedom when he first comes home. We shall see if Ahmet calls, he may or he may not as is the way out here - depends if ... read more
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