Monday, 19th April. .....Dubai.....and some adventure!
I filled up on breakfast and having searched the net for relevant, recent information we confidently decided that today is a 'tourist' day! Hollie has yet another vanilla coffee and is able to chill somewhat as she now has her boss's feedback to stay put and ride it out! However we have to go to the airport to give them my bag number again....on arriving at the bag collection area the first thing I see as I get closer is......................my pink ribbon and pink security lock!!!! ..............I was stunned.....immobilised.....then it struck me that it was there............and I started jumping around very excited...this was shared with all of the other travellers as they were just as pleased for me as I was excited!!!........all of them knew what I had been through because they were going through it too!!! One guy informed me that his bag is very similar to mine and had hoped it was his...until he saw the pink ribbon! He said that it had only just arrived on the last trolley 2 minutes before I arrived.... good timimg Fran!
Back home to make some choices. I had spoken to our next door neighbor (he must be okay as he is a Marine Engineer) and he was heading out on safari and invited me to join the fun.....I decided that never having riden a camel, it would be appropriate to do it in Arabian sand dunes....so I'm heading off to get a taste of life outside!
Yesterday was truly amazing and I now feel I have experienced some af the real Arabian culture .....Waiting for our tour guide, I was interviewed by CNN news about my story....(it felt familiar DT & Abbie!!) Our Landcruiser arrived and we headed off towards Hatta, collecting another couple, Nic and Jenny from frankfurt, who are actually holidaying in Dubai by choice....great fun people looking for adventure too. It felt good getting out of the city and into the dessert country......flat, then red sandy dunes for as far as you can see. Having driven for an hour we arrived at the dunes and for the next hour spent a crazy time flying over and around the red sandy dunes.....with an adrenalin junkie at the wheel.....we squealed with delight/fright/anxiety/relief and loved every minute of the play time....I just wished I had been allowed behind the wheel!
Our trip home was fun as Abdul, our driver, decided to treat us to part of the trip in a Hummer instead of the Landcruiser we had been in...He knew we were loving the ride!
On returning to the Premier, I found Hollie and Shafik. another stranded traveller who does a lot of work in Dubai, working out their strategy for coping!......
It became a very late night!
Posted by Fran Bruty