Saturday, September 19, 2015

One month in--my observations in/of Abu Dhabi






I've been in Abu Dhabi for over a month now, actually, for about six weeks, and as you can see, I have yet to update my blog (until now). Let's just say that things are very different from what I expected and unfortunately, I've had little time to even think about blogging--but, I digress. 




About two weeks in, I came up with a list of general observations about living here. They are in no particular order, and vary from most evident to more obscure in nature. 

Here we go...

1.  A smile goes a long way. 

2. Deoderant appears to be optional.

3. With all the fifty-eleven malls here, people tend to shop ALL the time. Most of the malls hold late hours, sort of like what we experience in the states during Christmas season, except these are normal shopping hours here. 

4. There are no thrift stores in Abu Dhabi--real bomber for an avid thrift store junkie. 

5. Food and restaurants are plentiful; seriously, ANY kind of food you want, you can find here in AD.

6. Store-bought H2O is laden with sodium. I have however found one brand that only has 5% sodium over the others with up to 11% sodium levels. 

7. Wifi is free almost everywhere. This is a GREAT thing considering my cell data service is not so reliable.

8. This is carb-city. Lots of breads, breads, breads, and more breads served with meals; also lots of rice, noodles, and desserts. Oh, in case you didn't know, the diabetes rate here is off the charts...hmmm. 

9. I guess no matter where you go, there will always be one, or two (American) know-it-alls. Well, not only do they thrive in the US, they have also landed in the UAE. 

10. Driving is a cause for major stress. One must always be vigilant of other drivers, sure, but here, it's not a good idea to take a text/change the radio break!

11. The native women are beautiful. Yep, just beautiful. 

12. The architecture of the buildings/homes is absolutely amazing. 

13. With the exception of a few vans, ALL taxis are silver Toyota Camrys, which makes them easy to spot and flag down.

14. There are MANY, MANY, MANY cats. I have only seen one dog, yes, one, and he belonged to an American woman. 

Of course this list has evolved immensely since it was created, and I will be sure to update you (hopefully sooner than later) on my additional observations of life here in AD. 

Kindly leave a message to let me know you were here. And to my friends and family, text me, call me, write me, visit me! 

27 comments:

  1. haha this is great! Love your post, what an amazing opportunity to live there! xx

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  2. Several things on this list made me smile especially the one about the Toyota Camry taxis (since I own a Camry)! I can't believe it's been 6 weeks already! I hope that you are having fun on your AD adventure and I can't wait to read more! Miss you and love you lots Miss Lady!

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    1. Hey lady! All is well here in AD City! I miss you and love you too! See you in December?!

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  3. By the way, sodium sounds like it might be gross! I wonder if people need the sodium because it's a desert? Hmmm. And the high diabetes rate is a surprise! They always say America has the worst rates of EVERYTHING, lol!

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  4. Please forgive my typos, lol!! I meant sodium water sounds gross. Smh

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  5. Heeeeyyy!!! LOL @ #2... Loving the pictures & updates!!! Looks like you are enjoying it!!! YAY! 😉

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    1. Thank you Andrea! It looks like your school year is going well--sooooo happy to see it! Keep up the good work!

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  7. Thanks for sharing your six-weeks experience with us. I enjoy learning of different cultures through the lens of others. Continue to blog and I hate that you do not have a thrifty shop to visit.....but, you have plenty of good buys to last a while, I'm sure.

    Love you....and until the next blog!

    ~Bunny

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    1. Hi Aunt Bunnie! Tell the fam I said hello and you keep up the good work; you're almost there! Love ya!

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  8. Love your observations of AD! And I absolutely love the fb pics! You are so beautiful! I plan on visiting my daughter, Vanessa, there in the spring. Hope we get the chance to meet!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!! I'm most sure we will meet! Vanessa will be so happy to have you here! Thank you for checking out my blog, I really appreciate it. Now, if I can update it more often...until next time, take care.

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  10. I can't wait to visit. Hopefully we can link up.

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    1. I do hope to at least get to see you when you arrive. I may be out of town that weekend as one of my friends will be celebrating her birthday, but I will let you know. Yes, NO THRIFT STORES!! #killingme

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  11. Wayyyy ment Wayyyy ment! #fixitJesus lol No thrift stores and deodorant is optional! Lol I'm glad you're enjoying yourself. When are coming back beautiful? #iamjustSoSo

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    1. Hey So So! I hope all is well with you and your family! Yes honey, no thrift stores, sad but true! I can't wait to come home and go thrifting; I'm going through serious withdrawals, like itching and everything! Lol! Much love to you So So!

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  12. The statement about the carbs is so true! I recall the same when visiting my father's native country(Pakistan) as a teenager.Its just part of their daily diet.
    Suprising to hear there's no thrift stores there.
    Best thrift store shopping experience for me was in Los Angeles. Got a pair of vintage LV shoes (before they were known as red bottoms) for $7. It was an exciting day! I think its so cool you are conquering your bucket list! I have been working on mine as well. Next year is going to be an adventurous one! God Bless. Enjoy!

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    1. Visiting LA to thrift is on my to-do list! I must make it happen! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Please come back!!

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  13. Btw.... This is Fatima. I just noticed I didn't see my name. Lol

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    1. Oh, wait, you were "Unknown" above?!? Hey girly! I see you looking good on FB. Keep up the good work love! : )

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    1. Hey lovely lady! I love you more!!!! I can't wait to see you in December. We MUST get together, ok? Smooches!

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