Monday, December 09, 2013

Dune

A day before the National Day celebration Amy and I were invited to go "Dune Bashing" with our new friends Zach and Sarah. Dune bashing is essentially the Emirati version of muddin', or rootin' or whatever you call off-roading.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

42

This past Monday marked the 42 anniversary of the United Arab Emirates. It is a big deal over here, and it should be. The UAE is one of the newest countries on earth, and in 42 years they have completely re-imagined their country.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Mos Eisley Cantina

Amy and I were in Dubai last weekend, and I couldn't help but think the Dubai Mall reminds me of the Mos Eisley Cantina. It's not dangerous, and no, it's not dirty or gritty. But it is different. The mall is a strange amalgam of international shops, services, restaurants, and most importantly people. It's diverse. As a matter of fact, I think it contains the most diverse population of people under one roof anywhere in the world. It helps that the roof is one of the largest on the planet... but still. On this visit to the mall the interior had been completely covered with tens of thousands handcrafted butterflies. It was incredible to see, and very beautiful.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Two Weeks In Country


So I have been in the UAE for two weeks now, and I have to say things have been great. Amy did an incredible job setting up the apartment and having everything ready to go by the time I arrived. I didn't really have to do anything other than unpack my bags. And aside from a lot of time spent in government buildings processing my residence visa, we were able to get out and see Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai. Al Ain is roughly an hour and a half from both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, so they make perfect weekend trips. 

Friday, November 01, 2013

The most interesting man in the Richmond airport...

I don't always fly to the UAE, but when I do, I make sure I look like a million dirham.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

For Whom The Bell Tolls

A week from now I will be in Abu Dhabi. I’m excited to say the least. This last week however has been an incredible reminder of why we as people, tend to stay close to the ones we love. I will truly miss my family and friends. I’m already excited about the reunions that will come, even though presently, most of these people are but a few miles away. This paradox is a little strange, and somewhat unique for me. I can’t remember ever having this kind of nostalgia before. I can’t tell for sure if it’s due to the circumstances… or maybe I’m just getting old. Whatever the case… suddenly the clock is ticking louder than it ever has before.

Monday, August 12, 2013

The last time

As the deadline for our move approaches, my wife and I have been visiting our favorite restaurants, events and hangouts for one last memory. It’s been great. What a good excuse to eat out more than you should, drink more than you should, and see friends for the sake of being around them. But the stress of moving is upon us, and it's all to common to be saddened by the thought that this will be “the last time” we do this or that. Whether it be spending time with our family, playing with our former puppy (long story), or sharing laughs with friends, that thought has permeated much of what we do. But, I’m not saddened by it. If anything I’m happy for it. These final moments, these “last” moments, are making all of the “first” moments possible. Without the goodbye, there can be no hello. So goodbye for now. I’ll be saying hello again soon enough.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The countdown begins....


So my wife and I will soon begin an adventure. We will be moving to Abu Dhabi. She has accepted a teaching position there and I am going to join her, working for my company remotely. I'm excited for the change, but nervous about the logistics. I'm no stranger to moving, but unlike my moves of the past, the sheer magnitude of distance is staggering. There will be no packing up the U-Haul for this one. As a matter of fact, just like my days at Club Med, my life will fit neatly into a suitcase (or two). We have been diligently stripping away all of our "things" that aren't needed or won't be needed while we are there. And interestingly, I don't miss any of it. To be honest, I can't even recall what it is we have gotten rid of. Granted, we haven't gone all "Hoarders" on our home, but it feels good to remove the weight of unnecessary stuff. Good bye boat... good bye Airstream... and good riddance. I'll see you on the flip side...

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