Back to life, Back to reality

Trip Start Sep 30, 2009
Trip End Oct 23, 2009

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Well the song lyrics, "back to life, back to reality" have been in Conor's and my head since we boarded the plane for the trip back home.

When we last blogged we where setting out to spent 2 nights and 3 days touring the desert and the Bahariya Oasis.  It was an amazing and long journey.  We set out at 7am on the morning of the 17th, and drove through the roads and traffic of Cairo, and then slowly and steadily the buildings, people, and smog began to dissipate.  It is a crazy sight to see nothing but one black road in front of you and only sand to both sides.  This lasted for about 5 hours, and there was nothing but a few road side rest stops along the way.  The amazing thing was, that there were no turn offs to go anywhere else after Cairo, just one option for 5 hours, straight.  We arrived in Bahariya Oasis, and unloaded our stuff into an old desert hotel and set out for our day.  We toured the valley of 10,000 mummies, old tombs (that were later used by the Romans as dwellings), the home of Alexander the Great, and did some 4x4ing by the Salt Lake in the dunes around Bahariya Oasis.  We set off first thing in the morning for the White Desert.  The jeep was packed with all the goods for the day, and we made a quick stop by the local "chicken guy" for our BBQ chicken diner.  And by local "chicken guy," I mean the door on the side of the road with live chickens outside and some not so live chickens inside.  We drove to large sand dunes, charred volcano rock covered mountains in the Black Desert, glittering hillsides at Crystal Mountain, and the amazing limestone formations in the White Desert.  We truly felt like we were on mars, and the base of the desert was covered in million year old shells from when it was the ocean floor.  We camped out in the open air, hung with the local Bedouin guides around the campfire, and listened for the desert foxes while we dozed to sleep under a blanket of a billion stars.  We arose to a beautiful sunrise over the sand and limestone formations, and after our campfire breakfast we made our way back to the Bahariya Oasis. We spent one more night in downtown Cairo, and then said goodbye to the 22 million people and headed to Dubai for our last 2 days of vacation.

Once we arrived in Dubai we knew things would be different than Cairo.  First of all it was all brand new(most buildings and the airport were built within the last 10 years!) and very clean.  The airport had free strollers and car seats for kids, play areas, free carts, and someone to help you in almost any language.  We got the the Hilton in Jumeirah Beach, and even though we were thousands of miles from home the familiar seemed to follow.  The "strip" along the beach reminded me of home in VA Beach, with American muscle cars cruising along the beach strip and music blasting.  The only difference is that instead of beach clad tourists, the streets where lined with people from all walks of life and every corner of the world (and most of the cars were corvettes, porsches, and mustangs).  From the devout Muslims (covered head to toe), European travelers, business men in Prada suits, German entrepreneur's with scandalous arm candy, and every flavor of the world peppered the shops and restaurants along the beach.  No alcohol is served outside of the hotels in all Dubai, so things were pretty civilized.  We spend the next day at the private beach at the Hilton with a "beach butler" bringing us cold drinks and extra ice all day long.  We swam in the warm waters of the Arabian Sea, and ended the night snacking on Lamb Chops and treats.  I guess we were there at a great time of the year, since it was only 90 degrees at night and 100 degrees during the day.  One of the locals told us that 2 months before it was 122 degrees during the day and the ocean was not even tolerable.  Good times......

We left the next morning for the long adventure home.  We tried with all our might to finagle business class, but we were countered with "it will be a $3,000 charge each to upgrade for the remainder of the flight, sir."  Needless to say we stayed in steerage.  After 6 movies, 2 meals, 1 snack, and 16 hours, we arrived in San Francisco.

We are now back on US soil, and are starting to adjust back to day to day life.  We are on the complete flip flop time frame (4pm here is 4am there), and seem to keep falling asleep at 5pm and waking up at 3am.  I am glad we have a couple days to get back to normal before we go back to work on Monday.  It feels good to be home, and even better as husband and wifie poo.  Thank you all for you support and love along this long journey (our lives, the wedding, and every step in between).  Thank you so much to our parents for everything, you guys are the best!!!  Thank you to all our friends and family!!!  Thank you Barb & Kate's for getting our mail while we were gone too!  Without you all none of this would have been possible!

We will hopefully be getting the rest of the wedding photos soon (Kevin..........we miss you!), and will send you out the link soon.

Lots of Love to you All!!

Molls & Conor
(we made it home in one piece, with the tan starting to fade........)
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