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March 2018

Getting ready!!

Big trip....our van

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Mad Dog is very worried


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In Auckland waiting for flight

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After all the farewells, all the packing, all the organising all the sleepless nights -we are about to embark. Listening to a neat duo in the lounge, had a nice g&t,gone thru all the checks etc, and very ready just to get going.3E49D23E-8..3BF42CEA380.jpeglarge_D1D80BC6-6..0EB880079E9.jpeg

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first day

sunny 35 °C

well first 24 hours here, and our first good night's sleep! What an amazing place, 35 degrees, hot and hazy(sand).Tracey and Mark and his Mum Alison looked after us brilliantly, driving around to see the major and marks.L1060732.jpgL1060779.jpg
It is all about wealth and status here. Car number plates signify your status i.e.the lower the number the higher your rank. At the Palms resort a mercedes with 1,meant royalty present. Car dealerships for Lamborghini, Ferrari Bently all feature.To stay a night there in a room with aquarium wall is $16k, and lots families with children around.Such obvious wealth.L1060769.jpgDSCF2344.jpg
The aquarium at the Dubai Mall was amazing.Asbsolutely huge. As it was Friday (their'Sunday) it got incredibly busy by about 4pm.We had a lovely Lebanese meal for lunch. The size and number of shops is overwhelming. We have seent he very expensive parts so far so just looking! not even tempted tho as it is outrageous. Lots of young women walking around with arms laden with bags and bags of these labels.Yes Steph - Gucci for babies!!!L1060769.jpgDSCF2378.jpg
Sal's photos show much more graphically the dichotomy here. Camels on the outskirts in the desert with shepherds in shacks tending them.L1060731.jpglarge_DSCF2385.jpgDSCF2368.jpgDSCF2354.jpg

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Abu Dhabi

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Tracey, Alison and I drove on the open road (speed limit 140kph) through the desert to visit both the Grand Mosque and for Sal to revisit her old haunts when living here some 30 years ago.Both were incredible.large_L1060810.jpg

Driving here is an experience in itself. Trucks use only the RH lane. The highway is 6 lanes wide in each direction, and cars just fly and weave in a and out of lanes with the deftness of a gadfly. One just has to trust the process!!

The Grand Mosque has left me out of superlatives, it is serenely beautiful and breathtaking in its datail. DSCF2449.jpgThe photos show it more eloquently than words.The chandeliers are swarofski crystal.DSCF2414.jpgThe carpet had 80 women make it by hand and was made in one piece.DSCF2423.jpg I forget how many tons of gold are used on the building. As you will see we needed to be suitably attired.DSCF2439.jpgDSCF2388.jpg The heat is difficult and so pleased we went at this time the year. The crowds are something else. As we were leaving there was a call to prayer and that was very special.

Sal’s hunt for the places she used to teach swimming and tennis was challenging as everything is so different. The buildings look tired now but it was nice to reconnect with memories of happy family times.L1060853.jpg

In the evening we decided to make our own way back into the city to watch the fountain display outside the Dubai Mall. OMG the crowds and traffic.L1060910.jpgL1060908.jpglarge_L1060901.jpg It was gorgeous. Despite being pushed and shoved in the throng we have never felt unsafe, rules are definitely NOT made to be broken here.

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