Adjusting

I am happy to report that we have moved into a bigger apartment in the same hotel.  The stress level went down and we are both more relaxed!!  We now have a great kitchen, well, it would be better if there were an oven.  But John is perfecting the use of the convection part of the microwave to bake cookies, the slice and bake kind.  His next culinary adventure will be brownies… I on the other hand am perfecting some stove top and crockpot (slow cooker) recipes.

Living room

Living room, excuse the laundry…

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New kitchen with great counter space!

Bedroom

Bedroom

We have moved to the other side of the hotel, much quieter, away from the 12 lane highway, and the new building going up on the otherside.  Complete with jack hammering and a new crane.  This was our view west, our last sunset.

View of the Marina district

View of the Marina district

This is our new view, The Burj Kalifa glinting in the early morning sun.  The telephoto lens makes it look close, it is not…

The Burj Kalifa, tallest building in the world!  and don't you forget it!

The Burj Kalifa, tallest building in the world! and don’t you forget it!

We celebrated our one month of being here with a trip across the border to Oman to renew our tourist visas.  Paperwork is still a distant dream, although we are hoping for sometime in March.  Oman is quite different to the UAE.  There are mountains.  Bare, brown, rocky mountains.  And the sand is more reddish.

Mountains in Oman,  and I believe a date plantation.

Mountains in Oman, and I believe a date plantation.

We met up with some friends, and I was able to visit a local home and meet the woman and her children.  The people of Oman are very friendly!  Yummy lunch at a Lebanese place, then back home.  Our friends are well.

We have been exploring.  Last weekend we took the Metro to the Marina.  Dubai is a City with many little cities within.  The Marina being one of them.  A cluster of very tall buildings around a man-made inlet.  Nice walking path around ringed by cafes and restaurants.

The Marina

The Marina

Very tall buildings

Very tall buildings

This is the Cayan tower.  Not sure I would want to live there.

This is the Cayan tower. Not sure I would want to live there.

Last night we went to the old town, Deira.  Wandered around with some friends.  Found the fabric souk!!  Bought a Sari, 6 yards of gorgeous fabric, for about $12.  This could be a dangerous place!

As Paul Harvey used to say, “Stay tuned for the rest of the story”.

Cheers!

Cindy

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