My man is in town, and we’ve been having a great time. We’ve done so much that it’s hard to tell you all about it. So, I will blast you with photos because, well, that’s what it’s all about. Here’s an outline to help you out.
Christmas: We went to the pork store and bought Westphalian ham, french ham and, you know, yummy pork products for our Christmas eve buffet. Shannan and Lisa came over, and after getting bored with watching the fire crackle on the t.v. screen we watched Trains, Planes and Automobiles (Does “those aint pillows” ever get old?). Next day, we went to watch my carpool buddy’s husband compete in an international equestrian show (where I didn’t take a single photo — what was I thinking?!). Both days were lots of fun — best way to spend my first Christmas away from home
The wild west and camel fest: The western region of Abu Dhabi is rural, and more conservative than Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It’s more remote location borders Saudi Arabia. Every year about this time in Madinat Zayed is the Al Dhafrah Camel Festival, which celebrates Bedouin heritage, but is mostly known for its camel beauty contest, which holds lucrative prizes for the winners. We booked a room for one night at the Mirfa hotel on the coast, but ended up spending two nights there because we had way more fun than anticipated. You just never know who you will bump into in the middle of the desert, but from our experience it’s all good
. Our guide is also a freshmen at ASU. His family’s camels came in second place last year, and he’s home on break. In a few days he’ll be back in Arizona studying chemical engineering. To my kids and former students, say hi to him if you run into each other on campus!
Our rooms weren’t ready yet, so we went into the hotel pub for lunch. Um, we didn’t leave until many hours later, but we did make new friends with a Finn and a Scott. I believe a man from Poland took this photo for us.
Absolutely love the tranquility of this beach. I’ll be back when I need time to just chill and breathe.
My man taking a moment to contemplate all the food we just consumed at a brunch buffet at the Liwa hotel, which is stunning (sorry didn’t take much photos there). Our time together has been wonderful. We have just a few more days together, and then it’s back to him working on one continent and me another, but we’ll meet again somewhere else on this planet come July. Good news is he’s totally cool with making the big move after he retires next year. I see many, many wonderful travels in our future! Before then, though, we have some more sightseeing to do here. We’re not going to Dubai for New Years. Instead, we opted to join friends on a desert safari/camping trip. I’m sure a good time will be had by all. Click here if you want to see more photos…