Well, its been an eventful few weeks! Annie arrived in Dubai in August & moved in around the corner from me! She goes all the way to Dubai to live next door to her cousin:) We’ve met a few times, she called over last night for the rugby (lets not go there!) and is in great form.
Since my skiing exploits, (i failed level 1 & have to repeat it!) I’ve been rather busy. It began with going to the Burj for an “indulgent’ afternoon tea for Pauls Birthday. I’d highly recommend it to anyone coming to visit! Although 40 euros for a G&T & glass of wine just made me laugh:) We got a Friday brunch in before Ramadan started on September 13th & Paul & I were lucky to be flying to Ireland that day so we mised the first few days of it.
Ireland consisted of arriving in Dublin at 5.30am, legging it to Clonmel, frantically getting ready for a wedding at 1pm in Fethard! It was really good fun, all the girls from Clonmel were there, so it was great to catch up with everyone in the one go. The rest of the holiday for me was spent walking around in a daze due to tiredness but I did get to see Nanny and then up to Ron & Eileen before I left. We were only in Ireland from friday to tuesday morning so it was a very brief trip.
We’ve just been following the rugby since we got back from Ireland and had a really nice quiet weekend last weekend (first one in ages!). We are getting ready for our trip to Kenya on Oct 12th so I’m getting really excited about it. I’m just worried my camera wont be good enough to take all the pictures I plan on taking! We are heading to Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru & Amboselli Park (at the base of Kilimanjaro). Ramadan ends then too so its friday brunches, eating lunch out and lots lots more!
Hope this finds you all keeping well & safe!
After I got back to Dubai a few weeks ago I was bedridden with a bad cold, but we did manage to get away to Abu Dhabi for the weekend. We stayed at the Sheraton, which was amazing. We enjoyed it more than Fujairah. We had some fun getting to the hotel for starters. When we rang ofr directions we were told its opposite Emirates Palace (www.emiratespalace.com) which is an amazing hotel in Abu Dhabi. So after driving around for ages we rolled down the window & asked a taxi driver. Its then that we discovered that the hotel was at the opposite end of the promenade to Emirates Palace not opposite the place!!!
Anyways, the first night was a dry night in the UAE so we had grub & retired to our room. The friday was spent sleeping in the shade, only moving for a bit of watersports, food & I got a massage in the evening. Heaven. Back in Dubai for the dubs game & the start to the premiership which brought us back to reality!
In the last few weeks myself & Paul have completed our discovery & beginner Ski lesson in Mall of the Emirates. So much fun & we’re booked in for Level 1 on Sept 3rd.. cant wait.. Paul still laughs at the sight of me skiing down the hill backwards with a bewildered look on my face! I’m hoping he falls on his backside in 2 weeks..
London was amazing! I had a plan all set out before I got there to maximise my time there, as it was short, and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening/night. I arrived mid afternoon, checked into the hotel & hopped onto a train into the city centre. I seemed like a pro on getting trains at that stage as I’d done the exact same journey a month ago:) (at least I thought so!)
I arrived at Charing Cross & heading straight for Trafalgar Square & Nelsons Column as this was where the “Love London” tour started! I trecked into St James’s Park & after what seemed to be a never ending long walk up to the top, I reached Buckingham Palace. When I looked back down the road I sensed the familiarity of seeing that road on TV. Anyways, Queen Victoria monument and Buckingham Palace were a real treat and while I was there we saw the changing of the guards! The flag was flying full mast so the Queen was about.
I walked down the other side of the park & with a little detour, I was infront of Downing Street. I was looking out for Tony Blair, until I remembered he didn’t live there anymore:( After copious amounts of pictures, I headed off to cross the road to get a closer look at Big Ben, The House of Parliament & Westminster Abbey (http://www.westminster-abbey.org/). Surprise, surprise, I took loads more pictures! I headed across the bridge & was on my way to the London Eye (www.londoneye.com). I had booked it a few days before so I was guaranteed a spin that night. I hopped on (rather nervously) and proceeded to very slowly move.. I must say, I didn’t notice the movement until I got to the top & could only see dots of people on the ground! I was, however, able to pick out all the places I’d just done on the “Love London” tour so I was rather chuffed with myself:)
After the London Eye, I hopped on a train to meet Michelle at Tower Bridge (www.towerbridge.org.uk). As I got off the train as London Bridge, I was very confused and no matter how many times I went to walk towards Tower Bridge, I kept getting back to where I started. On my 4th attempt, and asking for directions, I finally made it to a work night out of Michelles where I met her work crew and got introduced on several occasions as “Pamela from Ireland”!
I made it back to the hotel for about 1am, hopped into bed and was ready for flying to Dubai the next morning. Naturally enough I picked up a pretty nasty cold on the way back and am only just about right again now.
Tristan and I have arrived home after 5 weeks of travel last Friday.
After Stuggart, we spent a couple of days in Berlin, then flew to London and on to Guernsey in a AT&, which sounds like the same small plane Pamela was also in. We mainly visited a friend of mine from London, but also spent some time being tourists.
We then flew back to London and up to Edinburgh (the morning they reopened Glasgow airport post terror attack) where we spent a night in Edinburgh before joining a bus tour by a group called Haggis. (I highly recommend them) We spent 6 days mostly in the highlands of Scotland, tracking through rain and mud up and down glens and mountains and having barrels of fun with a fantastic group of people.
We then spent another night in Edinburgh before flying to Dublin where we hired a car. We spent the first night at a fantastic 60th birthday party for my dad at Alice and Des’s (thank you very much). We then drove up the west coast to the Connemara, then up to Donegal and to the Giant’s causeway where we spent 2 nights. We then drove back via Belfast and back to Dublin where we then flew to Stockholm to meet up with Tristan’s sister and her boyfriend. We spent 4 days there site seeing and relaxing before flying to London for a show (Les Miserables), where we stayed in a 4 star hotel. A big difference after hostels. We then did a little shopping in London before flying back to Australia that night.
We were met by the honeymoon couple (Mike and Tanya)who beat us home. Unfortunately our welcome home was short lived when we found that our apartment has had no electricity for 3-4 weeks. All the food had long gone off stinking up the whole house. 4 days later we are still trying to remove the smell from the fridge/freezer. Our family is again whole with the return of the two cats from their holiday at my dad’s work.
Jet lag has been quite forgiving and have spent the last couple of days trawling through photos. I am slowly posting them on face book. So have a look. Tomorrow work starts again, and the holiday is complete.
After Mam went home last week, I had a quiet & lazy few days, until Friday! We had a work leaving do friday night so I got to the pub for 7.30. It was raining lots of cats & dogs, so it wasnt pretty! After several drinks, some of them including a fruit salad & a curly wurly (must haves!) we went to the local nightclub called “follys”! In true irish spirit I went for the slurry chips & leg of a greyhound at the end of the night. Unfortunately I only managed the slurry chips:)
Naturally saturday was pretty much a write off due to hangover -laziness! So I did as little as possible, although I did manage to get into town for a while and have a look around again.
Sunday was more adventurous. I decided to go on one final bus tour of the island. Unfortunately it was raining so it was a bit washed out for a while! I went to Fort Grey (http://www.museum.guernsey.net/fortgrey.htm) for a look and went from there to Pembroke Bay for my lunch. The weather eased off a little bit on my way back into St Peter Port so I went for a walk out to Castle Cornet for one last look!
It was a lovely clear day Monday so I went out to Jerbourg, the most southerly point of Guernsey and it was absolutely amazing up there. I was able to see Herm & Sark clearly, Jersey & Alderney were a bit further away and France was out in the distance! Breathtaking views! Tuesday during my lunch hour I went to Victor Hugos Hauteville House (http://www.victorhugo.gg/hautvilleHouse.aspx) where he was in exile for 15 years. The house was eerily fantastic. You really got into the mind of Victor Hugo!
The Channel Islands are definately a place to come visit if you ever get the opportunity!
Today is Wednesday and I’m heading off to London at 2pm and I’m booked to do the London Eye at 8.30 and I’m meeting Michelle after that.
Next stop Dubai!