It has been a very busy week! My sister drove me to the Toronto airport on the 4th and I found my way onto the plane without too much trouble. I flew Emirates air, and the flight was 12 hours. I slept for about half and watched The Sound of Music to pass another 3 hours. David Bowie was playing when I got on the plane, which I took as a good sign, and Frank Sinatra’s ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ played as I disembarked which made me happy. I was met at the airport by my aunt Suanne and cousin Zoë, whom I have been very excited to see. I am staying at their place as long as I’m here, and really appreciating the opportunity to spend some quality time with them. I arrived at 7pm on the 5th, and we managed to get home by 10. On the first day, I was awake around 5am so my aunt and I went for coffee at Caffé Nero which is walking distance from her apartment in the compound known as Motor City. This is my aunt Suanne!
Weekends in the UAE are Friday and Saturday, so on that Friday afternoon the three of us went to the Dubai Mall. This mall is ridiculous. It has its own rink,
Right outside of the mall is the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, which was quite impressive. This is me and my cousin Zoë in front of it.
On Saturday we went to the Mall of the Emirates, and the coffee there is better than the Dubai mall so it wins as my favourite.
As for where I’m staying,well it’s pretty nice.
I spent most of the week volunteering at the American School of Dubai, helping out in high school math classes. The kids were smart, polite, and I even got called ‘sir’ a few times, which was pretty cool. Zoë attends the school and my aunt is a counsellor there. This mosque is on the morning drive to the school and I love it.
Tonight, being January 12th, my aunt and I went out for dinner near the Burj Al Arab followed by fancy hotel exploring.
Dubai is so nice. The driving is a little crazy, but it is quite safe otherwise. People are polite, it’s clean, and it’s extremely diverse. This is the first Muslim and Middle Eastern country I’ve been to and the experience has been excellent so far. The coffee has been good, so I haven’t had to experience withdrawal yet. Exams start next week, so I won’t be in the high school anymore unfortunately. Looks like I’ll be getting out more next week!