Roller-coaster first week

Trip Start Jan 03, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, February 19, 2006

What a roller-coaster ride! It has been such a experience 'coming down' from the traveling, moving and seeing things every day. To building up a new life in a big city like Dubai. In stead of staying in a hostel where people are always in and out, a villa is the new scene of the meeting-action. In the past week I've got to meet all the people from my house. It's such an international city, that no-one in the house is from the same country. Everybody works different jobs; civil engineering, tennis coach, real estate salesman, personal assistant, project manager, web designers, store clerks... we got it all!

The first days I've spend lying next to the pool, enjoying some sunshine, while looking out on Dubai's 'Eiffel-Tower': the Burj al Arab, while zipping on some cocktails. Every day I wake up I can't believe i can see this landmark from my garden! I've Been going out partying with people from my house, Doa'a and Omi a few nights in a row. It's hard to explain how fancy the clubs are over here. Interior design and architecture must be about the hottest jobs around here! But me and Doa'a cracked up some awesome Salsa moves while zipping on -literally- bowls of cocktails with straws longer than my arm! :)

At the end of the week I went for a return interview with Propeller to discuss the salary for the website; so I named my price and after 2 days I got to hear that I'm hired! Yeaaaaheaaaaaaa! Not bad getting a job that fast! The salary is good, not amazingly high, but it will cover my expenses and if I don't blow it all on drinks ($7 for a beer in any club or pub). I should be able to save up around 500 to a 1000 dollars here :) Trying to keep feeding the travel-funds!

The most interesting thing about Dubai is the people-diversity and the differences in how I spend my time with them. Like, the one moment I'm hanging out with my two incredibly hospitable, kind and social syrian habibi's talking about life being either hard or beautiful. The other I'm being picked up by my English mate to drive to an Irish pub where a great amount of English girls are being truly unsophisticated, as only English girls can be in those pubs. The next I'm joking around shopping for women's clothing in huge ass malls with my already very close Tunisian friend Rabeb. Other nights I meet up with Doa'a and Omi, drinking vodka red bulls at the pool and afterwards reminisce with Doa'a for hours about the good times and bad times back in Bournemouth; the house parties, fire-extinguisher drunk actions, clubs, Doa'a falling asleep in the library while studying, Doa'a losing the source file to her Masters Project, evil teachers bitching about visual diaries, long distance relationships, falling in love, losing love...

And some other times I roll into never planned business meetings with this Swiss guy Marco. When I met him I was hanging out with Rabeb, he walked in and not much after he said: "you have an old soul haven't you?". And after me acknowledging this fact he said: "i got some projects for you, i feel we were meant to meet". He takes me to all these incredibly expensive places that are truly beautifully designed, where he is getting me sheesha and drinks. Talking about all these crazy projects he is either setting up or is arranging for either people. We'll see what it leads to... :) Just keep doing what feels right!

Didn't have my camera with me all the time, so no pictures just yet... Will try to do more from now on again! :)
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rutgervd on

hey mum! :)
sheesha/shisha is the waterpipe they smoke here in the middle-east. it takes fruit-flavored tobacco. which leaves you fruity for quite a while after smoking it :)

but in stead of bringing one of those straws back home. you could also come here and drink through one with me! :)


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