(Above: The bus stops are air conditioned.)
One of my favorite things to do was exploring the backstreets where the locals hung out . . .
I slipped into a tiny restaurant that held about six tables. All were full, so the owner motioned for me to sit with this nice young man. He spoke English (slightly). I had what he had for lunch (they just brought it to me without me asking) . . .
After, I took the abra (small boat) across the creek to Deira. It costs about 28 cents for a ride. I loved the boats and I didn't fall into the water once!
The colors and sights and smells and sounds of people haggling were awesome. We visited the Silk Souk and the Spice Souk again . . .
This is the Gold Souk . . .
Everything closes from 1 - 4 pm . . .
Then we headed back for an entirely different shopping experience . . .
Above is the map for the largest mall in the middle east. We had been there briefly, once before. But we returned because Peepy and I heard there was a great bookstore there, and we are all about great bookstores. But first, we wandered around . . .
These women were watching people ice skate . . .
Look! We found the bookstore . . .
Hey, there's Absolutely Maybe . . .
The next day, my new friends from the American School of Dubai took me to the Blue Souk in Sharjah . . .
We all got some wonderful bargains!
Too soon, it was time for lunch and then the ride back to my hotel . . .
I had changed lodgings and was now at the Arabian Courtyard. Here's my room and the view . . .
With all the desert in Dubai, of course I had to go on a safari, right?
It was truly a marvelous experience. I rode in a 4-wheeler that was part of a 50 car caravan. It was a wild ride . . .
How wild was it? CLICK HERE to see my totally professional, hand-held steady cam video of me and Peepy in the front seat.
We learned about falcon, which are a huge part of the middle eastern culture . . .
The dunes were gorgeous and so was the sunset . . .
Then there was a BBQ . . .
These are the lovely ladies from Australia that I sat with . . .
I opted for the flower pattern henna . . .
And here I am belly dancing. Or maybe it wasn't me?
All too soon, it was time to leave the desert.
On my last day in Dubai, I walked across the street from my hotel to visit the old fort that is now a museum. But first I had lunch. I couldn't read the menu, so I just pointed to a couple of words on page . . .
Because I bought a second suitcase, I needed to fill it up with one last shopping expedition . . .
Good-bye, Dubai! I had an incredible time!!!
Going here? Then come see me at the USC Civic Engagement Booth #701 (in Argue Plaza near the Alumni House) on Saturday, 1 - 2 pm, as I read and sign FREE books. Plus, I'll be signing FREE books at a Meet and Greet, on Sunday, 12:45 - 1:45 pm!!!
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