I wasn't sure I was going to make it home, after the fire alarm was sounded at Terminal 3 at Heathrow, 2 hours before my flight, and we had to evacuate the terminal. It was an emergency landing and the fire crew had followed the plane into the terminal. I only knew this because in light of recent terror attacks in the UK I decided to evacuate as quick as possible with a handful of other people to the opposite end of the terminal and we could see the action unfolding, however when we saw the fire engines leave and made our way back, I was rather alarmed to see people really hadn't moved that far and slight panic was growing as people speculated as to what it might be.
Being back in Dubai has been difficult for me emotionally after my father's death in July. I'm having to relive events with people I meet here, from the nail technician, to the guy who runs the pub quiz and even to the woman in Starbucks as well as with friends. People say 'oh I haven't seen you for ages, have you had a nice summer in the UK?' I'm also surrounded by a lot of my father's things at home, new things that I'm revisiting on my own, without family support.
Leaving the UK was also emotionally hard on me, every time I leave I worry that this may be the last time I see my father and it's hard knowing that when I return next month, he actually won't be there this time.
288 Sunday Soft Focus. Having arrived in London on Saturday, I spent the weekend with friends in Barnes, we met them on holiday in Tunisia in 2010. The day was spent chilling out, catching up and finally filling in the tax return.
290 Tuesday Spots. Bob and Pushkins love having me home, I can't move more than 2ft without them jumping up to follow me and Bob kept a close eye on me all day. I needed to get my nails and eyebrows sorted as a priority and half heartedly unpacked my suit case.
294 Saturday Write. Lie in and back out to view more properties. Driving Peter to the airport as he's off to Pakistan till Thursday, then had an early night catching up with writing some letters to friends that I'll post when I'm back in the UK.
On the blog this week:
My Sunday Photo - U is for UK. It's hard to explain where you're from when you've moved around so much.
Triumphant Tales and Tweens Teens Beyond - The world through the eyes of a 6 year old and mini me's breakdown when she realised after 3 months that Aunty Suzanne was going home.
PoCoLo - When an online friend dies. The loss isn't any less just because you've never physically met.
Wow, it must be very strange adjusting back to your life in Dubai. It's nice that Bob and Pushkins are so happy to see you! Good luck with the house hunting.ReplyDelete
it's weird being back, i'm struggling with the 3 hour time difference, i was so used to the UK after 3 months, never usually have a problem when i've only been away for 3 weeksDelete
It must be a nightmare having to go everything again now you're back there and I know it's not going to be easy when you come back either. Hope you can find an appropriate place to call home while you are back there though! Enjoy your dog and cat cuddles over the next week or two xx #365ReplyDelete
it's almost not worth bothering adjusting with being backDelete
It must be so strange being back in Dubai and having to go through everything with everyone. Sending hugs. Good luck with the move when it happens xReplyDelete
i'll be back in the uk soon, so more adjustments to be made, house hunting is going well so far, we'll actually move when i get backDelete
I hope it gets easier and that you get some time to relax although it sounds like you're already on the go with looking for a place. They all seem to look so nice! The airport evacuation sounds a bit nerve wracking. I've been in a few work related ones but never in a public place which would really catch me off guard!ReplyDelete
the evacuation was quite scary as we had no idea what it was about and there were no staff available to give informationDelete
Silly question maybe but is it still hot over there at the moment? I bet on top of everything that must be odd too. I hope you find a nice new house soon. #366ReplyDelete
Around 35c in the day, dropping to 26c at night, it’s much nicer now but still a bit too hot for meDelete
Strange to be back. I'm amazed you feel up to downsizing and moving after all you did back in the UK. Hope you find somewhere suitable to live.ReplyDelete
Good luck with your new property search and settling back in again - I've lost track of where you were lately!ReplyDelete
The animals will have missed you, you were gone longer than they could comprehend.ReplyDelete
Must be hard to have to start telling people when you still have not really got your head round it properly yourself.
Hope you find somewhere, at least smaller will be cheaper to keep cool.
It must be strange to be back, I hope you manage to settle in okay, before your next trip back to the UK. Good luck with the house hunting in the meantime xReplyDelete