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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Everybody talks a lot about going and living the expat lifestyle. And, when you look at it on the surface, it all looks pretty glamorous. People living in foreign countries, interacting with foreign traditions and having grand adventures. While all of this is certainly true, to some degree, there are a myriad of things that get left out of those rosy pictures of life abroad. It is safe to say that living… Read More

I don’t really consider inclement weather in desert settings. Isn’t the desert an inclement weather setting of its own? I always thought it was. That being said, even the desert gets bad weather. Who knew? I’ve been fortunate enough to have spent time in several desert settings. The deserts of Turkey were serene most day. It didn’t rain while I was there. It was just sunny and hot. I have also spent… Read More

Though the Middle East is definitely an adventure, I admit that I haven’t been out on the economy as much as I normally would be in other parts of the world. The area that I am living in lack a bit draw as it is very much westernized. That being said, It is NOT remotely first world. They have imported almost every second-tier chain restaurant out of the states, but that’s about… Read More

Woke up this morning and wasn’t completely sure what to do with my day. The only concrete fact, I needed to be at the airport for a 1725 flight. So, I thought for a while. What to do. What to do. The Coffee Museum was closed on Friday, so that seemed like the place to start. I packed up the bag. Checked the room three times to make sure I had every… Read More

Day two and the word of the day is beer. Guinness to be specific. If there was a better beer being made, I’d certainly be drinking it. After, anything and everything is available in this town. Today started out as a series of misadventures. First was find the money changer. Interestingly, the best place to find a money changer is at the Metro station. The exchange rate was a little better than… Read More

I need to start by saying that Fly Dubai is definitely worth the money. If you get a chance to utilize their services, I say do it. The planes are new and clean. They are reasonably priced and on-time, and their staff is very nice. I think that the Stewardesses are outfitted by The Gap. Its that kind out uniform. The Dubai airport is super easy to navigate. Getting through customs (on… Read More

Its been a little while since I touched down in the Middle East. So far, it’s been work, work, work. I have been focusing on doing the job and presenting myself in a good light. But, all work is just that, all work. I decided it was time to taken a run to the airport. This little weekend get away is a couple of firsts. First time taking a cab anywhere. First… Read More