| November 2001
Pros: exciting and fun trip, alot of shopping and sightseeing
Well we got here safely. The plane landed around midnight local
time and by the time we got to our hotel and checked in, it was
around 2am (only 10pm British time, so we weren't too tired). On
the way out of the airport, we were met by our hotel rep, who got
us in a taxi. When we were loading up the taxi, we forgot Mike's
hat, what a good start to our trip...
Also, as no-one was speaking too much English, it was a bit worrying
as we didn't know if they were gonna take us to the right place
etc and there were times that we didn't know what was going on.
But we were glad when we made it to our hotel room in one piece,
minus the hat.
On Friday, we had a look round in the morning...everywhere it was
quiet, most shops were closed. Friday is a holiday here. So we couldn't
do much. We worked out the bus system around us, to find that everything
only started moving again at 3pm. So in the afternoon we jumped
on a bus to Wild Wadi Water Park, an hours journey away.
The water park had slides that were continuous, you didn't have
to walk up any steps...you just got into an inflatable ring and
jets of water pushed you up the slides. Me and Mike went together
and separately. After one ride, there would be a junction, and you
choose which ride to go on next, and a person just pushed your ring
onto it, so no getting up between rides. Everything was really clean
as well, I definitely recommend going there.
We spent Friday evening shopping in the Electronic and Gold Souks.
There are neon lights everywhere and all the shops are open till
11pm. We were after a camcorder and shopped around for prices. This
morning (Saturday) we bought one - a Sony Hi8 camcorder. The instructions
aren't in English, so I'll have to try and translate the Spanish
Overall, we were feeling a little homesick when we got here on the
Thursday night. At one point we were really doubting whether we'd
be able to manage. It's gonna be very hard, and we're only just
starting to realize what we've let ourself in for...
This afternoon, we are planning to go on a dessert safari - sand
duning in a four wheel drive, a camel ride, bbq and entertainment
(Belly dancer). We fly to India tonight...
We've just had the most fantastic evening. We jumped into a four
wheel drive and headed out to the dessert. The driver let down his
tires a little and we headed off over the sand. It was a little
bumpy at first, a bit like driving down a dirt track. But as we
got further and further into the dessert, the bumps turned into
dunes and these were MASSIVE. Driving over sand dunes is definitely
an experience you wanna try at least once in your life.
It was so scary going over all these steep slopes, when you got
to the top of one, you could hardly see where you were going next
as the drops were so steep. Every time we drove down, we had to
pick up enough momentum to make it to the top of the next. There
were times when the tires couldn't grip the sand enough and we just
rolled backwards - SCARY!!!
The best bits were when we were driving at an angle along the ridges
of a slope. It felt as if we were almost about to topple over, its
amazing that these four wheel drives didn't turn over. We were skidding
and sliding and it was better than any roller coaster. We stopped
for photos a few times and watched the sun setting over the dessert.
It's a breathtaking view, standing on the top of a high sand dune,
with nothing but sand around you for as far as you can see, and
a red sun disappearing over the horizon.
When it got dark, we headed for a campsite, where we had a camel
ride, ate a delicious BBQ meal and watched belly dancers. We also
tried smoking something that the locals call hubba bubba or bubbly.
It's flavoured and smoked out of a huge bong, filtered through water
with a hose to inhale. Mike tried strawberry and apple. Me being
a non-smoker didn't really like it.
Overall, one of the best days out ever, and I recommend it to anyone.
It cost $65 but worth every penny.