Today, March 22nd, marks our 6th month living in Dubai. That’s right…
What an adventure it’s been, from California to the UAE:
It feels like only weeks ago that we stepped off the plane in a daze, still not believing that we left home to move across the world. I was anxious to feel whether Dubai really was that hot, and I couldn’t wait to see the Burj Khalifa. I remember when I saw that huge, sparkly building for the first time, it still didn’t feel real. And when I stepped out of our car, I realized, that, yep, Dubai really IS that hot. It was like 9 pm, and the heat was suffocating. Since then, I’ve seen sandstorms, warm rain and thunder storms, days that felt like a hot towel was pressed over my face and countless days where the weather just feels perfect… I’ve been to the world’s tallest building, shopped at the world’s biggest mall, played in the Persian Gulf, and kissed a penguin. It hasn’t always been easy, from getting my jet-lagged child used to the time change, to spending hours going to Oman for visa runs, to losing money when we bought a crappy Land Rover.
Still, 6 months in, it’s been an unbelievable journey. We still look around and say, “We can’t believe we live here.” It’s somewhere I never thought I would visit, let alone call my temporary home. Now all of us are officially residents of the United Arab Emirates! We have fancy ID cards and everything. When we’re back in California, I’m not sure what I’ll miss from Dubai (besides my husband, of course). Maybe nothing. Maybe everything. But only time will tell…