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But not intentionally. . .

Im in the apartment and have yet to get internet. It should be coming soon and the "internet cafe's" internet is down so that leaves me to do lots of other things besides getting stuck on the computer. I do enjoy blogging about the experience and there are probably many things Ive forgotten that I really did want to write about.
yes, Amy,its just like kids say, I miss you guys too. . .but I dont miss the States (yet),lol.

So many people do . . .some enjoy this place but miss home and other probably wish theyd never come. Or at least thats the impression they give. IDK, I dont get into that. I just smile to myself when people talk about the differences. Like the water here is desalinated. okayyyyy. . .it comes from the sea. Some places it tastes normal and in other places it does not. For example, in my apartment its horrible so I have a water machine thingy (high tech language,I know,lol) and I have bottles delivered with a phone call. Wonderful,lol. But people here will turn up their noses when talking about the drinking water process as if ours is better because its not ocean water. Im sure they wouldnt drink our water once they find out it all goes to the same place to be "cleaned" of poop,pee,and everything else we wash down the drain or flush down the toilet!!!

Or the fact that they are "slow" when we are so busy that we dont care about how anyone else is doing and its all about the bottom dollar when many of us dont even have a bottom dollar. Their priorities are not our own (in many cases) but does that make them inferior? I could write an article about our country that would make some people not want to visit...afraid to visit even. Its all in how you look at it.
And speaking of which, the cab driver told me yesterday that I came from Heaven (America) and now I am in Hell (Abu Dhabi) and he couldnt understand why I like it here. Hes been here for 5 years. He also hates marriage after having been married once,lol. To each his own,lol.

We had a nice dinner the week of Thanksgiving. I cooked a couple dishes and some were brought. I am in love with Taboulah, which is a salad, and I think I could eat it once a day for a month before getting tired of it. I live close to a couple nice restaurants. One of which the owners are so nice and gave me my first meal on the house. it was spicy and filled with yummy goodness. If you are close to Muroor and 15th, eat at Yahooli's and get the beans with cheese on top. Also the dip that comes with every meal is SPICY and yum.

Ummm...Im so so soooo tired of going to the malls but I STILL have to go again as Ive not gotten something that I need.For those who are wondering how my feet are holding up-its GREAT and Im so happy that I had the procedure. Otherwise, I would have been miserable.
All in all, Im grateful for this opportunity and I feel blessed on a regular basis. Everything is not for everyone but this has been a fun and + change for me.


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It's coming.

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Moroccanoil Soap

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Today, I ran across this product

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