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Our Last Trip to Dubai +skiing!

Since we are almost off, it’s time to squeeze in the last of the tourist fads. On a long weekend in May, we headed to Dubai to hit some new, and favorite places one last time. We did Ski Dubai, Dubai Mall, and Korean Hotpot.

  1. SKi Dubai: No joke…AMAZING! It was well worth the trip, and I would venture to do it again. We made the right choice and went in the morning right when it opened so for our 2 hours of slopes there was nearly no line. We also learned that the chair lift is REALLY slow, but there is a “button tow” that zips up the side which helps you to get as many runs in as possible.

It’s all well and good, except I had forgotten how to ski:( We got to the top of the hill on our first run and started going down, and I was like…oh gosh what was I thinking…I’m a terrible skier! After making it down the run…barely…we went up the tow to see how fast it was. Readers, there is something scarier than skiing…taking a turn on the tow! It was steep and fast and I’ve never been so afraid! Literally hating my life.

After these two runs, I left Matt, a competent snowboarder, to go on his own while I took some runs on the baby hill. After about two of these I have found my footing and was ready to go. P.s. the magic carpet to is only for age 5 and under! How an I supposed to learn to ski?

Then…I had a great time!!!! By taking the tow…not so scary after all…we could go up and down in 5 minutes! I even went on the “experts only” run as the last run of the day!

All in all, it was a great day!

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This is more a picture of the snow park. We opted for just skiing, but you can see the hill in the background. It curves around left and up some more.

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Tried to take a selfie of our “rosie cheeks.” I’m a better skier than selfie taker.

While in Dubai, we went to Dubai mall one last time. They always have somethings fancy on the go. Check this out:

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Just a little piece of the mall

Also, no trip to Dubai is complete without a trip to the Korean hotpot restaurant. We stumbled upon this hotel restaurant when we first came to the job fair in Dubai over two years ago. This particular hotpot is a spicy soup with octopus and pork belly. It has delicious Asian accompaniments. Honestly…I could eat it everyday! We’ve even taken to staying in that particular hotel so we can eat and go straight to our room afterwards.

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More Visitors

David and Lori, some friends we left behind in Congo, came to visit at the start of May. It would be an understatement to say that we were very excited! It was just over a year ago when we came to Dubai from Congo and reveled in the accessible food, crazy architecture and shopping malls! We remember going to the grocery store and buying ridiculous items, just because we could. It was enjoyable watching from the other end this time. We laughed at our guests as they loaded five bags of potato chips (one of every kind) into the cart. But, hey, we get it.

Since fresh food is highly sought after in Congo, we had a great arrangement with our guests. We’d go to school, while they relax and tour. In the afternoon, they’d stop at the grocery store to plan for the evening meal. There are few people in this world who enjoy fine food as much as Matt and I. David and Lori fit the bill. We ate well!

On their trip we also visited a BBQ restaurant in Dubai and the highlight…Pearls by Michael Caine. A celebration of Lori’s birthday and our wedding, we enjoyed a night of luxury and fine dining!

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David and Lori…thanks for a wonderful week!

First Visitors! Happy 100!

WAIT! I need to add a second preface to this post. It’s my 100th post!!! Happy milestone blog! This blog has taken us through nearly three years, and approximately 9 countries!

I suck. Here I was nearly caught up on the blog…ready to tie up loose ends before some new visitors arrived…then I didn’t. Enjoy this blog post from weeks ago:

May 5:

On the “eve” of our second visitors, I’m finally getting around to posting about Matt’s parents’ trip to the Middle East. They visited us in February, and I have to say, they planned it right! Rather than spending a huge amount of time in the UAE, they flew to Dubai and spent the weekend with us, then spent the week in Jordan while we worked (apparently Jordan is wonderful!) then returned and spent another long weekend with us in Abu Dhabi. It worked well having time off to see them and check off a few Emirates as well.

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Fujairah Castle – I highly recommend this stop to castle buffs. It has the shape and charm of a castle, but no restrictions. ¬†Do you want to go up it the cute corner that is always blocked off in European castles? Do you want to look out the very top? You can! No roped off areas! Fujairah also has a cool museum. I enjoyed it anyway. Did you know the UAE has remains from the copper age, ancient glass and excavated grave sites? Although this country is new, the land has stories, and I’m guessing some untold stories.

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I’ve been waiting to take this picture since we arrived. The classic spice market photo! Love it! But I wanted to give a shout out to the multi-colored mix at the bottom. To us, it’s called “mild freshener.” If you are ever offered this delight after an Indian meal, take it! It’s a mix of sweet candy, fennel seed and other chewy delights. It is intended to serve the purpose of a apres-meal mint…but way more delicious!

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The Grand Mosque at the Golden Hour

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Inside the Grand Mosque lies the largest carpet in the world.

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Dubai!

We went to Dubai last weekend to attend a job fair. Since the travel time is long, and the job fair is a full two days, we really only had one day to see Dubai. But, we crammed as much first world fun as we could into that one day.

Dubai really is like no other place on Earth. It is clean, well planned and bustling 24 hours a day. On our way home we went to the airport at 1am to find that places were still open, and there was some adults playing in a soccer league!

We saw the Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest building in the world. Forgive the dirty window, we were in the metro station. This building is 2722 ft. Which makes it taller than any other building by almost 200 meters.

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We went to both the Mall of the Emirates, where Ski Dubai is located, and The Dubai Mall, which is the largest mall in the world. The real draw of the Dubai Mall is that there are TWO Tim Horton’s! Beyond Tim’s, the mall also has beautiful atriums, an aquarium, a skating rink, a movie theatre and more. It is essentially what West Edmonton Mall was when it was in its prime.

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Of course, I almost need a second post to just talk about food. Since we were at the job fair, our selection of foods were limited to hotel restaurants and fast food. Obviously we stopped for McDonald’s where Matt tried an Aloo Tikka Burger, which, thanks to my vast Indian knowledge, I knew is was made of potato. We also stopped for ice cream, hit up an Irish pub, and of course enjoyed two Middle Eastern fares. One night we dined on some mezzas and later had a quick lunch in a dingy shwarma shop. If you have had a shwarma as a late night snack in North America, this is not the same thing. It was juicy and succulent, and looked like real pieces of meat, because it was.

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Overall, we enjoyed exploring Dubai and lapping in some luxuries that we miss here in Congo. Matt ordered something online to be delivered to our hotel, he bought a phone, I got my hair cut, we went to a grocery store, we crossed paved streets at a cross walk…all of the things we miss in Congo.

And guess what readers, you will be hearing more about the UAE since we are moving to Abu Dhabi! Yes, the job fair came through for us!