Back in business? Oh yesss. At least blogging business. As some of youse might have already seen on Facebook I've decided to start blogging again since there'll be some traveling going on this year. And to all of you guys who've asked me to write in english so you can keep up with not only the photos but the written parts too, here ya go.
With this said, let's get to the fun stuff!
Have you ever gone to the airport with your bags packed & just bought the first ticket you could get? No? Cause you definitely should.
That's what my mum and I did & because you're obviously dying to know: We ended up in Dubai.
I know there's a lot of prejudice about the Arabic countries and even if you're an open minded person, there's still stuff you think about, especially as a woman, like clothing & behavior.
From all I can say there's no problem with that, dresses & skirts are totally fine, even if they don't cover your shoulders and/or knees, you just might get some extra stares. Which doesn't mean you should be wearing provocative clothes on purpose, you're still in a foreign country & respecting the country's culture you're visiting is part of travelling.
Since it was only a short get away we only had 3 days there & here's how we've spent them:
We arrived in the morning and the temperature was already at 35°C so we decided to just lay by the pool till mid afternoon when we got picked up for a drive through the desert which was quite fun. At first it feels a bit like drifting on snow but once you get to the proper sand dunes it feels more like a roller coaster. After that we had dinner and watched the sunset from sort of a little fort village in the desert.
On our second day we got a driver which is actually quite affordable compared to Europe and it actually makes more sense taking cabs than the public transport since they're quite cheap & you really don't wanna walk through the heat till the next bus stop. Apart from people commuting there's barely anyone outside during the day, even the locals which I haven't seen as much, usually only go outside after around 9pm.
Preferably around the fountains next to the Burj Khalifa & the Dubai mall, which was the next point to get ticked off our list. The mall itself feels like an own town to me, it's ginormous & has things like a huge aquarium & a waterfall inside but what I liked best about the area was the view of the fountains at night with the Burj in the background. I know fountains don't really sound that great & to be honest I'm not into that sort of stuff either but those ones are actually amazing, plus there's a big yes to having that view with your dinner.
We started our last day with getting a bit of a tan at the beach & then headed towards Dubai's old village with its creek & the spice markets.
So if you're looking for a short & sunny vacation from Europe it's the perfect place to go, it only rains like three or four times a year so the there's nearly no chance of having bad weather while you're visiting. There's really a lot to see, it goes from amazing(!) buildings to pretty beaches & I think there's only a few things you can't do in Dubai, they have pretty much everything you can come up with if you get bored of simply having $$$, even an ice rink and a skiing slope. Trust me, you'll be amazed about all the stuff you can build in a desert. If you're coming from a country that's a lot further than Europe like the US or Australia, a lot of flights to Thailand or Europe have a stop over in Dubai so it'd definitely be worth it stoping over there for a couple of days before reaching your final destination if you can fit it in.
Gotta keep up with the actual biz now, hope you guys liked it!
& now have a look yourselves:
Burj Khalifa & Dubai Mall
The Creek, Dubai's old part:
All sorts of stuff: