Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Chance to Getaway

Last Wednesday my husband had a business meeting in Dubai and asked me to tag along.  Because of work and school commitments, I wasn't able to go until the next day, but definitely will never turn down a quick getaway.  Dubai is such an organized, clean, well-managed country and a true pleasure to visit.  
On my first night, we took our Japanese and Thai business associates and our Sri Lankan partner out for Lebanese food.  It was nice to be able to sit outside for drinks and conversation afterwards since the weather there is not near as hot as Kuwait.  


The next day were were able to spend an enjoyable 4-5 hours with my good friend, Maureen, from Daydream Living.  We walked, and talked, enjoyed the views, and talked some more.  
We went to Dubai Mall twice, where there is always something going on.  

Plus, to top it all off, my best friend from Kuwait was in Dubai with her husband at the same time (totally coincidental) so we were able to hang out with them our last night.  Now hubby and I are wondering when  we can plan our next trip to Dubai.  It is just a hop-skip and a jump away and we always have such a lovely time.

Have a great week. 

37 comments:

Anitha said...

Hi Tammy, seems like you had a wonderful time with friends and family in Dubai.. lovely clicks. one won't get tired of Dubai mall no matter how many times you visit.. have a great week! hugs :)

Betsy said...

Ahhh! Such lovely photos Tammy. Your life sounds so exotic as I sit in an airport in plain ole Nebraska here in the states. How nice that you have do many friends to enjoy your time there with.
Blessings,
Betsy

Wanda said...

Wow, what a wonderful getaway....I loved the pictures. They are beautiful, and felt like I was tagging along behind you. Taking a break from packing all my boxes, and your blog was a breath of fresh air.
Have a great day.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

How wonderful ~ wish Dubai was a hop skip and a jump from me!

Tanya @ Bead and Needle said...

FABULOUS little trip - and what cultural diversity...Japanese, Thai, Sri Lankan, out in Dubai for Lebanese food! MARVELOUS - love the photos, Tammy...very beautiful and interesting place you reside in! Happy Tuesday - Tanya

Little Treasures said...

A completely refreshing getaway! I feasted my eyes with your lovely photos! Would love to visit Dubai one day...

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

How interesting and pretty all of your photos are! So good that you got to go with your husband and then to meet up with your friends!

Teresa Kasner said...

Goodness.. sounds like you had a terrific time! Lucky you! Thanks for the photos.. they will be as close as I will ever get to Dubai! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Eggs In My Pocket said...

I love your photos of the country and the entertaining! Just wonderful. Sounds like you had such a fun time!

Terra said...

How good to have a quick getaway and meet friends there.

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

really beautiful!!!!!
xxxxxx Ale

Susan said...

It sounded divine, Tammy. So glad you had a fabulous time. Dubai looks like a very elegant, upscale place to visit. Susan

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

Glad that you could have a little trip away to Dubai and it sounds like you packed a lot into your time catching up with friends, dinning out and going to the Mall.
Happy week
hugs
Carolyn

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
Those are the moments we live for and live towards for a repeat joyful get-together!
Lovely photos and the excitement comes right off your writing.
So happy for you as we all need that at times and even better if we can mix business with pleasure.
Hugs,
Mariette

Diane said...

A getaway is so necessary sometimes. Glad you had a lovely time. Diane

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

What a lovely trip, Tammy. It sounds like you had a great time dining and shopping.
Have a wonderful day!
Julia

moonstruckcreations said...

Dubai is most definitely on my must-visit list, it always looks so beautiful on TV and in photos.

I love Lebanese style food, as it reminds me so much of the food in Jordan. However, we had a very disappointing eating experience here in the UK recently when we went to a Lebanese restaurant, the food was edible but had been tweaked very much to the UK taste - so not authentic at all. Will stick to our usual takeaway from now on - cheap and cheerful but so tasty!

Helenxx

Quinn said...

That city looks amazing - I was especially struck by how immaculately clean everything looks! And the picture with the orange boat and the highrises...wow. Of course if I was in one of your pictures, I'd be a woman with her face plastered to that aquarium wall ;)

♥Rose Hill♥ said...

How nice to get such a chance and meet a best friend in coincidence! So glad you were able to have fun! Have a great week

~*~Patty S said...

Fun to get to travel with you Tammy and with your first photo I see an app I am now curious about ;)...
A free app I forgot to mention yesterday for really easy double exposure effects is Diana Photo Free.
It's lovely that you got to change your scenery and get to meet up with so many friends and associates. Dubai looks beautiful and exciting!
oxo

Linda said...

Hi Tammy,
Looks like a delightful getaway for sure! : ) Glad you had that opportunity.
Here, the graduation party was a huge success. Now it's onward to looking forward to our June and July vacation getaways.
Take care,
Linda

Tammy Lawrence-Cymbalisty said...

Wow that is some mall Tammy! Looks like fun

Acorn to Oak said...

Looks like a really fun get-away! How great that you were able to meet up with some friends while you were there too. That's awesome!

Helen Philipps said...

What a wonderful getaway, Tammy! Your pictures of Dubai are amazing, it looks so vibrant and exciting! Lovely that you could meet up with friends there too :)
Wishing you a happy week.
Helen xox

Deborah Montgomery said...

thanks so much for stopping by my blog. wow, you have traveled a lot! Your pictures are beautiful! Dubai looks like a wonderful place to visit.

Melanie said...

Glad to hear you had a great time in Dubai! My uncle got a chance to go there a couple of years ago on a business trip and he loved it.

Lorrie said...

You live in such an exotic part of the world. Imagine Dubai being just a hop away! Glad you had a good trip.

Hindustanka said...

Cannot not to notice tempting glasses of beer! Mm... I haven't had in almost 8 months! :)hehe
I am glad you can go to Dubai so easily and have fun and enjoy a little bit more of freedom there. I hope to visit this country some day too. Flights are very cheap from Delhi.
Have a nice day Tammy! Hugs!

Kathleen said...

What a great getaway! It's so interesting to see different places like this. Lovely photos!

Catherine said...

So beautiful Tammy! Isn't it amazing how some cities can keep so clean and others not. Fantastic.
xo Catherine

Mary said...

Well you may recall how much I loved visiting Dubai Tammy - how I wish we could have met up there! The mall is awesome, everything in Dubai is awesome, I would love to return some day, and hopefully you might be there! Glad you made the trip and wonderful you were able to meet up with old friends.

Happy day - we'll be off soon, doing a trial packing run today, only taking one suitcase and a carryon - it's going to be hard picking the right clothes to fit in!

Hugs - Mary

Mereknits said...

I am so glad you were able to get a way for a few days, and visit with friends. A trip away restores the soul. Your pictures are wonderful.
Hugs,
Meredith

Dagmar said...

How wonderful that you were able to get away Tammy and meet up with your friend. I always find it so amazing that blogging connect us to people we would never meet in our ordinary daily life. The sun is shining here in British Columbia and I hope that your weekend is equally as lovely.
Xo

Sam I Am...... said...

From what I hear over here it is a pretty amazing place....lots of wealth and I think they even gave quite a bit of money to one of our cities/people when they had a hurricane or devastating tornado. I can't remember which as it seems we have so many any more. I remember being so grateful to them and their kindness as we are worlds away. So glad you and Sam got to get away and enjoy yourselves. Beautiful sights and the beer and food looked good too!

Createology said...

Wow Dubai sounds so exotic (and I understand expensive). How wonderful that you are so close and able to visit and enjoy such a wondrous place. I watch Formula 1 and that is all I know of Dubai. Lovely Travels Dear...

Serena Lewis said...

What a wonderful getaway! :)

Beth said...

Gorgeous photos - what a beautiful place, Tammy. You certainly live with a lot of adventure! Glad you are enjoying your walking. I like walking as well. I take my little dog with me but I can go a lot farther than she can (she gets too hot). Tammy, you mentioned in another post this may be your last year teaching. When you retire, will you return to the U.S.?
Hugs and blessings, Beth

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