March 2017
  • Day10

    Stopover in Doha

    March 18, 2017 in Qatar ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    Stopover in Qatar Doha before we start the final leg of our amazing journey around the world.

    This airport is spectacularly fancy, so is Qatar airlines.

    We are both pretty tired, so we have a little night cap at an Italian/french restaurant in the hope that we will both fall asleep as soon as we sit down in the next flight.

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day10

    Dubai ski

    March 18, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    In the spirit of being in the moment and not thinking about going home until we actually get to the airport we packed the day full of excitement.

    First Isabel and I went for a 5km run which brings us a full circle as we also did a 5km with the Jaanferds the morning before we left Bermuda.

    Then we bought new running watches for us and then it was time to hit the fake indoor slopes at Dubai Ski.

    This was truly ending with a bang, it was loads of fun. We are amazed again by what the UAE 🇦🇪 are capable of. Yes everything in Dubai is man made but its pretty well done!

    We had a great time in Dubai with our "wêreld klas" friends, Pieta brood and Rowwe Robyn!

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day9

    Dubai run

    March 17, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    I headed out to the new Jumeirah Corniche considered number one of Dubais top running routes. This is the city’s latest leisurely beachfront track for running enthusiasts. I took a bus to the end, accidentally got of the wrong stop and then had to run an additional 3km over the creek. It actually starts at the Dubai Marine Beach Resort and continues on to the Burj Al Arab Hotel. A fabulous point to point route for me today past Kite beach, the mosque all the way back to Marina Bay. I picked up my mileage a bit since Thailand so starting to reap the benefits.

    {Issy}
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  • Day8

    Camel ride

    March 16, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    The only thing romantic about a desert camel ride is the cool photos. Camels stink, their noisy and extremely uncomfortable to sit on.

    We definitely got the full experience with a good old sand storm rolling in as we arrived at the camp. The combination of wind and sand is less desirable. I recon we will still have sand in our ears a month from now.

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day8

    Sunset in the desert

    March 16, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    This is the one place we have been in the last 6 months that surprised me. Its so beautiful which is totally unexpected.

    The desert sort of feel like a different planet, I now get why star wars movies always have some desert scenes.

    Just and awesome experience with the Nuwe Devriese!

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day8

    Desert safari

    March 16, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    The "real" experience.... well like many things the desert once again confirmed that you can't contest or control nature and ultimately thats the beauty of it. The 4x4 safari over the sanddunes was an epic experience, I loved the rollercoaster version of the desert and the places we stopped at was breathtaking. Pieter made some pre-mix which obviously made the sunset & dunes a world class experience The camel ride and boudin dinner was basically a sand fest due to the unexpected sandstorm, but truly an authentic experience. I got an Arabic tattoo and Roedolf loved the Sisha, we had a great sandy time with the De Vriese.

    {Issy}
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  • Day7

    Souk outing

    March 15, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Ons is vroeg aan die gang na heelparty freeflow prosecco. Ek en Roedolf ry saam Robyn werk toe, vanwaar ons die trein vang. My man is heel committed om vir my die Souks te wys nadat hy dit gister op 'n "man manier" besoek het. Hy hou sy beloftes mooi en drentel geduldig saam. Ek pas ringe aan en kwyl by die goue souk, ek stry die knape af, maar is steeds nie convince of dit 'n goeie prys vir 'n ring is nie. Roedolf het effens afgeskakel terwyl ek emerald ringe en dinge aanpas, duidelik nie hier vir "groot" aankope nie. Dis rerig lekker om die tyd te he om by die souks rond te snuffel. Ons het lekker gelag hoe die ouens vir jou in die straat se wat hulle als smous en jou dan in klein stegies inly, op met 'n random lift en siedaar 'n shop met alles en nog wat. 'n Heerlike reis deur "wheel en deal" Arabier styl, ek het vir ons huisie mooi handgemaakte kussingslope gekoop.

    {Issy}
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  • Day7

    Souk soek soek soek

    March 15, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Isabel was in haar element by die old Souk vandag. Ek verstaan hoekom hulle dit 'n "Souk" noem, want mens loop daar rond en soek vir goedjies om te koop.

    Ek het dit geniet om vir Isabel so gelukkig te sien. Ek gaan nie jok nie, ek verstaan glad nie hoe sy so gelukkig kan wees om rond te loop en eintlik vir niks spesiefiek te soek nie.

    Hierdie verkoopsmanne kort net n pinkie dan gryp hulle die hand, hulle probeer so hard om jou in hulle winkel te kry en dan is dit verby met jou. Hulle sal jou nie sommer laat uitloop sonder dat jy iets koop nie, en hulle werk vir elke verkoop. Mense kan baie by hulle leer, hulle ken hulle produkte baie goed. Die snaakste ding is hoe hulle met n sakrekenaar werk om jou te wys hoeveel die prys vir iets is. Hulle tip die "first price" op die sakrekenaar. Dan doen hulle die som om jou eerste afslag te gee wat wonderlik klink want dis 20% van die "first price" af, maar in werklikheid seker nog dubble wat jy eintlik moet betaal. Sekerlik val baie mense vir dit en hulle dink het lekker afslag gekry. Jou doel moet wees om by hulle "best and final price" uit te kom. Dis gewoonlik die "first price" gedeel deur 3 of 4, anders het jy te veel betaal.

    Die juweliers winkels is op n ander level as wat mens gewoond is, daar is selfs 'n ring wat om my middel sal pas. Dis die Guinness World Rekords se swaarste goue ring.

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day7

    RTA

    March 15, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Surprisingly in a city where most things are so expensive its borderline extortion, the public transport is some of the cheapest we have experienced on our travels.

    The train system is excellent and very clean. Each train has a gold and a woman only cabin.

    This afternoon the train was so full I barely got in while Isabel walked into the woman only cart no problem. Ironically it was the same train cart with a line in the middle that men are not allowed over. The woman side was half empty while the other side looked like a can of sardines.

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day6

    Expat living

    March 14, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We joined Pieter's work team on their regular Tuesday night volleyball league, it was fun and we won all three games. It's great to take part in all the expat activities Dubai offers.

    Barasti next door has ladies night with free flow prosecco till 11pm on Tuesday nights. We moved over there after the game for some shenanigans, we had a great night out dancing in our volleyball kit!

    {Issy}
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