“It’s like Forrest Gump said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates.’ Your career is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. But everything you get is going to teach you something along the way and make you the person you are today. That’s the exciting part – it’s an adventure in itself.”Nick Carter
Day two of our trip was to head off to Dubai. We woke up relatively early, had breakfast, packed the car and set off on our way. It’s only around 130km or so. This meant we arrived in our next hotel with plenty of time to explore Dubai. Our hotel was conveniently situated within a 5 minute walk from the metro which made things very easy for us. Katja’s teacher from Pre K moved back to Dubai so we had already arranged to meet up with her during our brief visit. We arrived in our hotel, dumped our bags and checked out the pool which once again was a roof top pool. We upgraded to a suite but poor Kati didn’t have a bed to sleep in. We requested a bed or a mattress be sent up to our room. Instead of this they brought a crib. I “politely” explained that she is nearly 5 years old and that a crib is for babies. They very matter of fact picked Kati up and put her in the crib trying to convince me that she would fit, I once again “politely” told them to get lost and that she would sleep on the sofa. It was quite adequate, or should I say, more adequate than a crib!
Downtown Dubai is a conglomerate of high rise buildings, each one trying to outdo the other, that’s until you reach the Burj Khalifa which makes all other buildings look like little lego land blocks!
We bought an all day unlimited ticket for the metro, as Katja was still under 5 at the time, she was free! The idea was to pop to Mall of Dubai which had been highly recommended as it also has a huge aquarium which Katja would thoroughly enjoy. We hoped in the metro and watched the city go by. It is a pretty amazing place, it has a buzz. We got off the metro and walked along to the Mall. This is a fully air conditioned walkway, it takes about 15 minutes to get to it! This places is ginormous, you can probably fit several villages inside this place, there’s everything and anything you can ever imagine, it is mindblowingly massive. We had some lunch then headed off to the aquarium. We decided to meet Katja’s ex teacher in the mall as it would give us more time in the aquarium. The aquarium is unbelievable, well, for something that’s inside a shopping mall, that is! It has a glass bottom boat, a submarine simulator and loads of varieties of fishes, sharks, penguins etc, etc etc.
After the aquarium we met up with Katja’s old teacher and headed to the cheesecake factory where we had……well, you probably guessed, some amazing cheesecakes! After this we had a walkabout and watched some ice hockey and then came across the Power Rangers show (nothing spells 1990’s more than Power Rangers!). Katja wanted to watch this, so we all watched it! After that we headed outdoors and walked to the souq across the road which is in similar fashion to Abu Dhabi, i.e indoor traditional style. We then popped back outside in time to watch the dancing fountain which was truly magnificent! Basically you have water jets pumping to the rhythm of music, it is absolutely amazing and well worth a visit. All this in front of the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world).
We headed back tot he hotel, had a swim which was followed by a fab meal accompanied by several Gin & Tonics and then off to bed.
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