Dubai is everything India is not. It is super clean, everything is brand new and over the top - it seems to be made of money.
Chris, having been there multiple times before, planned 3 amazing days for us. So here goes:
We got in late at night and stayed in an apartment that was probably bigger than our old house! It had 4, yes, 4 bathrooms. I didn’t even notice the 4th one until the last day. I’m not kidding our bathroom was bigger than either of the girls bedrooms at home! We were on the 30th? 40th? floor, I'm not sure but here's the view. You can see Atlantis on the Palm in the distance - you know on the man-made islands.
Anyway, we woke early on the first morning, and a guy in a big 4 wheel drive Toyota picked us up and drove out of town. Eventually we made it to the middle of nowhere in the middle of the Arabian desert, where he pulled over, let some air out the tires, then drove off into the dunes. We went on a crazy, bumpy, sliding sideways ride. It was like being on a roller coaster in that you’d come to the top of a dune, not be able to see the other side and you’re stomach would lurch as you went over the edge. We all hung on but were still thrown around quite a bit. Zuzu’s reaction was the best: “This is awesome! Go sideways again”. Seriously we’d go sideways until it almost felt like we were going to roll, sand would be spraying over the side of the car and we were nothing but giggles. We have a video somewhere. . .
There was a family photo opportunity – then, it was back in the car for more bumping and sliding. It was all good fun until Zuzu started feeling sick. . . The driver slowed down and we had a calm yet still exciting journey through the sand to a little desert oasis. We sat on come carpets and cushions in tents and had cool drinks.
That was only the first half of the day. The second half was spent at Ski Dubai – AN INDOOR SNOW PARK!
Rode a chairlift (no picture) and Ali went down a hill in a ginormous ball,
We got to go into their enclosure and meet them and pet them!
Got to go into their nighttime area and feed them - the fish were slimy and smelly but who cares, we were feeding penguins!
We got to hug them!
They walked on our laps!
One even “painted” a picture for us!
Alison was absolutely thrilled – she’s a future veterinarian and zoo keeper you know.
It really was the coolest thing ever. Not sure about the girls and Chris but penguins instantly became my favorite animal!
The day as a whole was a little surreal. Chris could of told me we'd be going to the moon for dinner and I would have just 'ok, that sounds like fun.' But no, we had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory - had to go to the middle east for some good old American food.
Best day ever! Stay tuned for the Tallest Building in the World!