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.
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