Thursday, February 14, 2013

Kickin' around Dubai

Tuesday Jan 8th -  Brad and I ventured out on our own with the use of the Anderson's car. We got to experience some crazy traffic in one section of Dubai and I was glad Brad was the one driving. We thought we'd hit the Heritage village in Dubai but it turned out to be a bit of a bust (It was "open" but nothing started until 4:00 pm and it was only 10:30 am) So we drove to Sunset Beach took a nice walk and had a great view of the Burj Al Arab (the world's only 7 star hotel). We wanted to go in but you have to have a reservation just to get in to see the lobby and such.

 Shopping center next to the Burj Al Arab --Looks like little piece of paradise.

One the way home we stopped at an Outlet Mall which was fun because there were a lot more locals there and we saw a greater variety of woman in their abayas. It's interesting to watch them eat with their veils on (some even were wearing gloves.) I think the biggest kick we got was seeing the big majestic front gate for Universal Studios Dubai but that was it. All that has been built is entrance, behind it nothing but desert.
Some fun road signs:
I love this one--Mosque and gas.

Playing this the kiddos in the back "yard".

In the evening Matt and Yvonne's friends the Johnson's came over to watch the kids so we could go on a double date to Global village. Many countries there have their own sections with shops and vendors. It was fun because you get to bargain for things. We ended up getting some nativities to add to our collection as well as gifts for the girls. 

 Monday is family night here too :)

Back in the US Camille loses her first tooth (at school, during math.) AND gets an award at the BEST assembly at school for being caring.
 The tooth fairy did a great job finding her even though we were out of town.
(Seriously, Ryan and Tara did such a great job with our kids.)
Camille: front row far left