Monday, December 31, 2007

With or Without a Burka

As many of you know (most of all my husband) when there is an event looming in my future, my most favorite pastime is planning. He says I like to plan and plan and plan, then when the situation shifts, no big deal, it’s more reason for me to re-plan. It’s true. I do love to plan. And I would have to agree that among activities I would list as hobbies, planning tops the list as my favorite. Not only do I like it, I think I’m good at it.

By the way, WHAT did we do before the internet?

But I digress. In the near future we are taking a trip to India to visit Conrad’s family. This keeps me busy with packing lists and visa paperwork alone. BUT we are planning on stopping in the United Arab Emirates to visit my brother-in-law for a couple of days and that planning is also very fun!

So I have spent quite a bit of time researching things we might want to do in Dubai. If you ever watch the Travel Channel, you know that Dubai has become one of the premiere vacation destination in the world. And they have everything from unprecedented indoor skiing, huge malls (no taxes in UAE), 7 star hotels, and Bedouins.

So, I have narrowed down a list of things I’d like to do while in Dubai. (Isabelle, my mom, and I stopped in Dubai last fall, during Ramadan, to visit Alfred, but we only stayed a few hours and it was overnight! We saw a lot of the city and city life because it was so alive due to the holiday, but still there is so much more!)
•Visit Bedouin village/market etc. It seems like Middle Eastern culture at it’s purist. Can we find such a place? I dunno. Am I the only person who thinks even “Bedouin” is an intriguing word?
•Eat Middle Eastern Food (what is this? Like Lebanese food? I am feeling profoundly ignorant in the area of international cuisine)
•Take home something purely Arabian….that’s not a carpet….or a burka.
•Ski/snowboard/toboggin at the indoor ski mountain. Come one…where else can I snow ski..in the middle east??
•Stay at a NICE hotel and get a massage. Oh ya…enough said.
•Visit the man made island of the Palm Jimira. This has been called the 7th wonder of the world, can be seen from space, and the mass amounts of real estate on this property sold out within 72 hours of opening sales! Seriously!

Now, my remaining thoughts are, how do I fit all of this into two days? How do I prioritize? And of course, how do we pay for all of my grand plans? If you were going with us, what would you want to do?

5 comments:

makenaluvesjc@yahoo.com said...

Danielle,

Oh, my goodness that sounds like so much fun! I know you don't know me but I secretly wish I going along on that trip. I love going to other countries and visiting- the more I read your blogs the more and I get to know you it seems we have alot in common. I pray you have a blessed trip to India and the other spots!
--Kelly Morris/Tulsa, Ok

Michelle said...

Well Danielle I would definetly want to see the 7th wonder of the world. That would have to be a priority. And if I had to pick one person in my life that knew the most about different cuisine it would be you, so I'd make that trying middle eastern food a 2nd priority.

There is nothing wrong with planning. They say that is a great stress reliever also. So plan away it's healthy. Have a great time on your trip!!

drowninginblessing said...

I vote for indoor skiing. Just for the sheer irony of it. It would be right up there with walking on the water on the Sea of Galilee (which they say you can do nowadays). :) The island sounds fun too.
Happy New Year, friend! We're doing well, chilling today. Kinda nice to not have to face the strange world (yes, I'm already over the honeymoon stage). The webcam to dwarf all the rest is the Logitech 9000. It really IS all they crack it up to be. Clear, real time video picture. RM

Emily Jade said...

Hey - there is much to be said about planning! It sounds like a wonderful time, and I personally LOVE the word Bedouin. I'd vote for ski and food...

Heidi said...

Jon and I went out on a layover once but it was a friday so it was pretty much shut down... so we just enjoyed the comforts of the airport --- isn't it like a castle. The funny part is that they have all of these bed things laying around for people and yet all of the Indians (well maybe just the ladies) were all laying on the ground?? I didn't get it before but after having our Indian friends live with us this past fall i can see a little more why. :) If you get the chance to do any of it ... please blog it.. i would be interested to hear what was accomplished. :)