I have some exciting news! Or at least I consider it exciting… I’m heading back to Dubai! This time, I’m not moving there & simply going for a visit – like a normal person.
Last time I was in Dubai, I remember literally telling Wafiq “I’m never ever. Never. Ever. Coming back to this fucking place.” Harsh, I know. And I told everyone that! I hated the thought of ever going back. Being able to say that out loud & having made it through the experience – felt amazing. I felt stuck when I was in Dubai, by my own stubbornness, for so long that when I finally got out of it, I felt like I made it! And there was no going back. Literally.
The experience was way harder on me than I expected & by the time I had my plane ticket in hand to come back to the States, I was extremely excited for America! But, two years later I can say I’m actually excited to go back. Mostly because so much has changed since then. Personally & professionally. Also, I’m not moving there so I know I’m not stuck, merely a tourist. And shiiiii, I lived there for almost 2 years! There are parts & memories I miss.
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What can you wear in Dubai? Don’t you have to be covered? I get asked this question all the time – Traveling to the Middle East & figuring out what’s appropriate for women. I’ve previously written about women in the Middle East, and what it was like to live there as a woman… But this post […]
Take notes ladies & gentlemen – Last week I shared your MUST DO bucket list for Dubai & in order to keep that list as short as possible I left out a lot of tips, tricks, & notes to bring with you. Here are your 10 Vacation Notes to get through a trip to Dubai in the best […]
Dubai! Dubai! Dubai! One of the questions I get asked these days is recommendations of what to do while visiting Dubai. Shortly after – I realized I never made a useful list of what to do when you decide to vacation in Dubai, which is really stupid considering I lived there for a year and […]
I’ll go ahead and say this first: Real cameras are expensive. Real camera = Not a phone We’re already spending near millions on our miniature computers, aka mobile phones, so spending even more on a real camera sounds like some kind of sick joke. I’ve been following several blogs for years now and I […]
With Earth Day right around the corner I wanted to address a major pet peeve. Excess paper and plastic. It’s VERY 1999 to bag your groceries with paper or plastic, drink out of plastic water bottles, or use ziplock bags. Ew. If you’re doing any of the above, this is an intervention. Once you train […]
Well this is fun. I was in the process of creating my Must Have Trader Joe’s Grocery List and experienced a little flashback –> I was getting off the plane in Bahrain and immediately asked to go to the grocery store. A friend overheard my request and the look on his face will forever be imprinted in […]
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m not a fan of beer or green, HOWEVER if there’s a day of celebration + happy people then I’ll wear green and drink beer proudly amongst them! Last year I got my first real experience with St. Patrick’s Day while in Dubai. The “Irish Village” threw a huge St. Patrick’s Day […]
Never did I ever, expect to be writing this list. What I Miss About Living In Dubai. What an adventure that was! I’m in the U.S. now, have been for awhile, and am FINALLY able to look back on the experience of living in Dubai and come to terms with the fact that I DO miss particular parts. Whether […]