Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Little Bit Of This and That

Hello lovely readers! Life in the UAE is moving rather quickly I really must admit.  I cannot believe that November is already here and I can almost see then end of it.  School is still work, I will leave it at that, we are going on a field trip this week to the Science Expo in Abu Dhabi so that should be VERY interesting.

I am enjoying life and I am still happy with the decision that I have made to move out here.  I thought I would fill you in one the last few weeks of my life.
     At the beginning of November we had a long weekend thanks to the Islamic New Year.  My friends and I got tickets to F1 (Formula 1) which included tickets to the Jay Z concert. Yes! Jigga man was going to be in the UAE! 

Now let me explain these bracelets. The first white one was 'a surprise' we were given at the door.  Our first guess was that a Beyonce hologram would pop out, but I knew that was too good to be true.  Actually, during the concert these bracelets lit up blue lights on everyone's wrists and let me tell you it looked so cool. Instant light show. The blue one was my ticket to get into the concert and the yellow was to prove I was over 21 to be able to buy alcohol, yes you read right alcohol. We had pondered before this event if alcohol would sold. Since the UAE is a Muslim country alcohol is only sold in the hotels. But to our surprise they had drinks for sale at the Du Arena.  The prices were RIDICULOUS I paid  27$ for a double vodka 7up! Yikes! Just writing that makes me hang my head in shame.  But at the same time they could have charged 100$ and I am sure some people would still have purchased (not me...).

I have to give Jay Z credit, I think that he is one of the few artists that sounds live how he sounds in person.  He sang ALL of his hits old and new. He even brought Timberland to play on the keyboard!

The next day I headed to my home away from home the Corniche. I can never get enough of the beach.  I am still amazed that I can go to the beach in November.  While it is 3c in Montreal it is 33c here in the UAE. 

Then headed to ladies night at my favourite restaurant in Abu Dhabi Cho Gao in the Crowne plaza hotel.  The drinks were delicious! 

National Day is coming up at the end of December.  Everyday at school during the morning assembly the girls give out sweets (usually chocolates) and tea.  They then perform a dance or give a little speech on National Day.
For National Day we are supposed to have a 5 day weekend. Wooooohooo.  I was thinking of going somewhere out of the country, but I think that it a bit much since two weeks later I am going on vacation.
 This is a pin that one of my student's gave me.  On the left is Sheik Khalifa and on the right is the symbol of National Day, all the Sheiks holding the country's flag.  This year will mark the 42nd year of the UAE.  In Al Ain were I live they are doing it up, there are lights on almost every roundabout and it really has a Christmas feel to it. 

I am currently planning my Christmas vacation were I will be going to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Thank you once again for reading! Please comment if you can so that I know SOMEONE is reading this blog ;)


  1. I'm reading and living vicariously through you! I wish I was bold enough to work out of the country! I am so glad you are blogging about your experience because all I have to go on is what happened in Sex and the City!

  2. Thanks for leaving a comment! Sometimes I wonder if anyone reads this thing! p.s Your little princess is so beautiful!

  3. I'm still reading Miss H. Like GFS I'm living vicariously through you. I can't wait to see pics from your vacay.

    1. Thanks Dee! I am happy to hear that there is someone out there reading! I will keep you all posted, and try and write more often.

  4. It sounds amazing!!!! I'm so glad you are sharing this adventure.

  5. I always read your blog, love it!

  6. I'm reading too! My iPhone doens't want to publish my comments for some reason. But I'm here!

  7. 27 dollars!? WOW.
    I can't wait to hear about your vacation too!!! That's going to be super fun for you :) I love reading this blog, I'm living vicariously through you!