Summer holidays have come and gone, and it’s almost time for another busy college year. I had fantasised about visiting Japan before exams start looming again (how do they always creep up like that?!), but upon checking in with the ol’ bank account, realised that would probably have to remain a fantasy just a little bit longer.
So in the spirit of daydreaming, let me share with you some photos from last years magical adventure 🙂
First off – Dubai, UAE
I had no idea what to expect, but had always wanted to visit it. We see its futuristic skyscrapers, sports cars, super sized malls and super yachts all over TV, the internet and travel brochures, and I really wanted to have a firsthand glimpse of that exotic lifestyle. In the end though, it was the older parts, with their vibrant colours, bustling streets and air, rich with the scent of sand and spices, that lured me in.
That’s not to say that the juxtaposition of yachts and spiralling towers wasn’t absolutely enthralling! Hours were spent wandering around the Dubai Marina; it’s such a lovely walk, especially in the evening when it all comes alive. Managed to catch some incredible sunsets on Jumeirah Beach too 😉
Next stop, Muscat, Oman.
Muscat was beautiful. Admittedly, it was a little bit hard to get around as public transport wasn’t great, but there was something really otherworldly about it (or perhaps we’ve just become so accustomed to rain and cloud here that anywhere with desert and sun seems heavenly, I don’t know….) The people were incredibly friendly, the Opera House was spectacular and there were some breathtaking hilltop views over the sea.
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque was a marvel to behold, and its courtyard equally wonderful.
Chedi Muscat hotel, one word – paradise! (Unfortunately this was a very brief visit. College fees don’t really permit such luxury… )
Finally, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Abu Dhabi wasn’t initially part of the itinerary, but after hearing of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, I decided I couldn’t leave the Emirates without visiting it. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn a little about Islamic religion and its customs. Architecturally, it was mesmerising and the chandeliers and stained glass within were equally spellbinding.
Hope these photos have whet your appetite a little. It’s such a big, beautiful world out there – we should go explore at every chance we get!
Where’s next on your bucket list?