Dubai what can I say–Adventure 1

I loved the fact that this small desert oasis blossomed into this city.  It was not a gradual thing like in other places where it happens over time.  Rather their whole mantra is build it and they will come and build big.  The Dubai Mall just speaks to the whole experience. If you are a shopper you will be in heaven and for a few days.


I hear people beat up Dubai for it being fake and just a money pit, no real culture, slave labor,  etc.  Well let’s say you moved to a new development in Maryland or Florida and they put in everything-schools, malls,  restaurants, recreational things and a larger than life clubhouse,  would you move into that area.  How about we add an ancient,  somewhat reserved,  slightly behind the times in some areas,  but offering so much  of a mix—all that can be had if you seek it out,  easier for a man,  but still available if you spend the cash and time both researching and “manning up”.  Yeah I never thought I could use that word in that way but I like it.  Now can you say it is “FAKE”.

We took a drive outside of Dubai to Sharja and what we saw was not too unexpected.  Dubai is the brother that  went to Exeter, then Stanford and finally Oxford.  The other cities steeped with an air of ancient ness and tradition like your basic community college and then you go to a very blue collar job.  At times I wanted to just go into stores and shops as well as buildings and just let the atmosphere sink in but we were on a bus tour (this stop for the hop on hop off went to this city but you could only go to this one place). There was no real tourist atmosphere so we just visited a site and went back on the bus.

In Dubai we went to the less touristy part of town in search of goodies to take home.  We ate non western and fast-food a few times.  My fondest memory was the Indian or Nepali food that was spicy as f….

We splurged on a few things but the best was eating bad-for-you-ice cream at Haagen Daz.  We saw a few months later, a blog of a guy eating some cheap cheap food and we were like whhhatttt,, next time.

Are we going back, hmmm.   I will follow up with the stores, ethnicities local mall, and the water in my next Dubai post.

Porto and Coimbra Road Trip

hostel with rooftop bar–hostel was not so ik.  We were able to get a room to ourselves.  (Coimbra)

small ass streets-large luxury vehicles not welcomed thought they try

bridge divers-these street actors egg each other on and then after they collect money

churros -plentiful

telefurico=cable cars

over the top desserts-omg, –I got an ice cream cone and my friend and her son split this crazy Oreo etc shake with all the fix-ins, more like a large ice cream sundae (belly ache waiting to happen)

old friends-hanging out with good friend, our kids get together every year or so, lately

views-you can see the houses in the hills and the ones that were not so luck with the passing of time (Porto),  also the views from out Hostel were of the river and the city–expensive views

bridge over river Douro–people walk over this and it always has people, a little dangerous

food halls-for it was not that great as we just like what we like and there just happened to be not much we liked

expensive upgrades–heating up my pastry is same or more than cost of pastry (Coimbra)

parking overnight–bank breaker

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Travel Stories-around Portugal

notes/short ramblings

We visited a beach with dunes in Sesimbra–about 50 minutes out of Lisbon.

It was nice beach-great sand,  some dunes, to run up and then one massive sand dune.  The kid ran up that things and the cautionary mom could only see them tumbling back down.  Then there was a large dune without greenery–can we say sand blast.  If you sit in the way and the wind blows your eyes will die (my friends kid–first hand experience).

We ate at one of the restaurants-shrimp salad and fries,  steak and eggs, sangria-pretty sweet (needed to be cold), fresh cheese and bread.-I keep getting suckered, bread fills you up fast and you pay extra, yikes.

-crazy day as the surf was breaking way down from the beach

play time

What to do with the kids–we hit a place called Hubi Park–indoor activity park–small.  It had slides, balls and a few other things.

What did we see there–Portuguese parents being parents, men in their smart pencil shorts and women dressed in their casual chic wear. Oh–one woman in particular caught our eye in her getup:  yellow brownish long Culotte emphasized high wasted pants, classic white t-shirt with the words “Study all day”, some white Adidas, and a towering ruffled white and brown small purse.

We decided to eat at McDonald’s,  yay, lets not eat real food.  No judgement, if it tasted horrible no one would eat it.  Things to note-the trash receptacles were automatic so made for me as I am a germ-a-phobe.  Finally the world gets me.  Also why can’t we have this in our McDonald’s.  Maybe we do, LOL,  I have not be in a McDs for a while and then its in non fancy neighborhoods.  Maybe people will just wreck it here–no class, no manners, no feeling of sharing the thing. (just my thought)

Okay, another few stories down.  A lifetime more to go!!


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