Things are getting back to normal here in Michigan, after a wonderful vacation in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. My sleep pattern is not that of an infant anymore-my days and nights are back on track. After staying in the tallest hotel in the world and visiting the top of the Burj Kalifa, I finally have my head out of the clouds. My coffee was delicious this morning; even though it did NOT have real gold in it as it does at the Royal Palace in Abu Dabi. The next time I fly, it'll be back to peanuts and being charged for my vino, instead of flowing booze and gourmet menus. I know the next voyage will be on a regular plane that will be sorely lacking showers and beds. That shizz is nuts! Good old Mickey is the main critter here, and he does not have a hump on his back. (There is a small worrisome lump on his neck however; but that's another vet appointment. It IS NOT A TOOMAH-spoken like a California governor!) I'm quite sure that when I go to the beach next month, there will not be two (yes, two) maids available in case I drop a napkin or need to refresh my SPF! I will soldier on alone! If Rocco gets me into speeding trouble, I can expect to see a regular old black and white pulling me over-not a Dubai copster in a Maserati or Bugatti. On my next trip to the mall I will not to expect to see a real live ski resort with penguins strolling about or a gigantic 2 story aquarium with total sea life swimming about. There probably will not be young arab men buying chunks of gold from a vending machine...That's okay-I hate malls anyways! Make no mistake-these experiences were totally cool and I would not trade the memories for anything. I loved my Dubai experience and all that I did and learned.
But...I will drink my wine freely and not pay 20.00 a glass for it! I will not cover my hair in church. I will show off my old lady biceps as well as my knees if I so choose, maybe while swearing like a sailor. I will not eat sitting on the floor with no silverware or napkins. (I was HONORED to do it as custom deemed though!) I will clean up my own messes and cook my own food. I will try to enjoy our weather and be thankful that it is not 110 degrees. The middle east is breathtaking and opulent, but as usual-there's no place like home! Thanks to Lisa and Steve for including me in this holiday. And for my Arab family: Eric, Honna, Sedra, Humaid, Mosa, and Theab..Thank you and you old Auntie loves you. xoxo