June 2019
  • Day63

    Travel tips

    August 25 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Travel kettle and unbreakable mug, gathering all the tea/sugar/coffee along the way.

    External battery charger for phone.

    Don't need computer if you have a smartphone. But it should be unlocked so you can use a travel sim.

    Use the free Wi-Fi in hotels, bus/trains, cafes.

    Take a charging cord on the train/bus as they usually have USB ports or plug holes.

    Sense of humour and patience.

    Translator app is handy.

    Don't need a camera with good smartphone unless you're into photography and like a manual camera.

    A bit of change in their currency in case you need the toilet!!

    You never need as many clothes or toiletries as you pack!

    Luggage with wheels 👍👍 and a small backpack.

    Use Hop on, hop off or tourist bus when you first get into town as they give you a good overview and English headset commentary.
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  • Day63

    Homeward bound

    August 25 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    From Dubai to Melbourne. A few hours at airport hotel at Essendon for some catch up sleep, then straight back to Flinders.
    Home sweet home.
    You always know you're home when you fly in and see Mt Strezlecki 💕

  • Day62

    Safari overnight camp

    August 24 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Woke up today for a 5.30am camel ride (3rd one) to see the desert sunrise. Then Arabian breakfast before heading back to Dubai.
    Got luggage that was stored at Roda hotel then taxi and very early check in to airport hotel.
    Sleep, lunch, sort the many photos the guides took.
    Steve went out in heat to find a massage, Maree stayed in room.Read more

  • Day61

    Red dune safari

    August 23 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 41 °C

    Picked up from hotel in arvo.
    Option for 4 wheel motorbike-didnt bother.
    Very hot "42, feels like 45". Got a sandstorm out there, Dubai and closer got rain and hail too. We didn't but did hear thunder.
    Dune bashing in 4wd. Option for sandboarding., didn't do that either
    Guides took heaps of photos on our phones.
    To camp for camel rides, Arabian feast, entertainment including belly dancing, fire show and Whirling dervish.
    Maree got a henna tattoo, option of smoking fruity shisha., which she didn't do
    We were the only 2 camping overnight, taken on night camel ride to campfire in dunes. 3 guides joined us, including falcon handler. and Falcon, Pretty
    Egyptian, Indian and Pakistani guides as Dubai people don't have to work because they are pretty well fully supported by the UAE
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  • Day60

    Tea in the rainforest

    August 22 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ 🌙 35 °C

    After our bus trip we had tea at the Rainforest Cafe, 25% off because we went to the Aquarium last night.
    It was so wacky it was great. Kids would love it, the animals moved every 10-15 minutes.
    You could also see bits of the aquarium and fish swimming past. Lovely.
    Food was great too.

  • Day60

    The lights of Dubai

    August 22 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ 🌙 35 °C

    Very spectacular trip.
    Commentary on the bus told us how much money there is here - residences and commercial buildings.
    The Palm was reclaimed land and was only built 10 years ago. It has very rich people's type of houses and hotels.

  • Day60

    Hopping on and off all day and night

    August 22 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    HOHO bus
    Got off at museum, which was good, and battled our way through a Souk (textile market). Steve got "had" by a stall holder, dressing him up in textiles. We had to get rude to go.
    Went to a shopping mall to get to a hot canal cruise up the Creek. Very hot to be outside today but we gotta do it.
    Home for a swim and sleep.
    Out again for Lights of Dubai bus trip.
    Back to Mall for tea at crazy rainforest cafe. Yummy meals
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