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OK guys, so this is it. To make a long story short, (and it really is a long story - I'll come back on this) this is my small and humble blog on how I came to go to Dubai and how I'll be living and working there.
After many weeks of preparations, my suitcases are finally packed and I think I have everything. In my good old style, we'll see in a few days time which ...
I managed to fit in a quick day trip to Lens to see the Louvre outpost there and also connect with a doctoral student I met last summer. We met there, went to the Louvre, had lunch, and then walked to the top of one of "les terrils" and drank some champagne. It was a lovely day all around. I am fond of coal mining towns because of my own geneology. The town has preserved these large coal mountains as a reminder of the hard work and sacrifice of the coal miners.
... of headstones and so many of them
unknown. The sheer magnitude of so many young people who gave the
ultimate sacrifice for future generations freedom and this is just one
of many cemeteries. The walls at the back were covered in row after row
of names of missing men. This was a very quiet solemn experience, but I
glad I got to see it.
We then headed back to the bus stop, we
had a thirty minute wait for the bus, in the freezing cold. ...
... ferry to another part of the city. We then walked around the Jordaan area. Apparently Adele andBrad Pitt own homes here. It is a beautiful area and very quiet. I made a day trip out to Haarlem, another smaller canal town. Less tourists and beautiful homes. I saw the Amsterdam forest, which is man made and only 60 years old! They had a petting zoo with horses, pigs and goats. Reminded me of home :) The next day I went to a Jazz Club that is part of a brewery so I got to sample ...
... Which was a shame really, as we had to drive a car to Amiens and Villers-Bretonneau to have a look at the WWI memorial. It was pretty humbling to see all the memorials in the little towns and the local school with the big sign in the playground saying "never forget Australia". Basically the Aussies came in and kicked the Germans out and reclaimed the town for the good guys.
Amiens is definitely nicer than ...