I'm back in Dubai for the next 3 weeks. If you thought the UK heatwave was hot, you should try Dubai in summer, it was 37c when I landed at midnight. The humidex factor (opposite of the wind chill factor) added another 13c to the 'feels like' temperature.
It's good to be back after 5 months, so familiar, it's really weird having 2 homes, where you can just step from one to another. I only travelled with my handbag and laptop as I have everything here I need. I will be taking some more clothes and some personal belongings back to the UK with me though. I even just got back into the car and drove without a 2nd thought on the opposite side of the road. It's amazing how the brain just lets you do this. I did have a few issues with operating the washing machine and turning on the gas on the oven though.
The social distancing is really good here, but then there is much more space. Masks are mandatory and enforced, plus temperatures are taken entering the malls. I feel much more comfortable here with how they are handling the virus, compared to the UK, although another lock down and curfew is looking imminent as numbers of positive cases rise.
229 Sunday Last day of camping and a detour to Berkshire to collect my house sitter, she is an old friend of one of the women I am friends with in South Africa.
230 Monday Washed all the bedding and towels, showed the house sitter around the town on foot with Bob, had an early night. I'm only travelling with a handbag, laptop and travel cushion, I'll be coming back with 2 cases though as I don't know when I'll next be able to get out to Dubai. Will be nice to have the car when I get back as I normally have to catch a train or spend time collecting car hire.
231 Tuesday Off early to Heathrow for my flight to Dubai. With Emirates Silver status I get to board first, sadly the flight didn't stay empty.
You can read here about my flying experience, I had a panic attack when boarding and almost didn't fly.
232 Wednesday Day at home re familiarising myself with where things are, the garden has suffered terribly with the heat, mind you so am I and I find myself saying 'f**k it's hot' every time I step outside. We went to the local mall for a coffee and a to do a bit of shopping.
233 Thursday I ventured out to the Drs, hairdressers and a food shop. We had dinner, watched a movie and had an early night.
234 Friday I slept solidly for 9 hours. We went out to Dubai Mall for a coffee and to do some shopping. The afternoon and evening was spent just chilling out under the air con.
235 Saturday Up at 6am to do 2 hours of gardening before it got too hot and sort the washing out from March, yes you heard me right. We visited Dragon Mart, a large Chinese Mall to purchase solar panel lights, some items for the kitchen. The afternoon and evening was spent on the sofa watching movies.
My to do list in the UK is to repaint the doors that Peter had to shorten and rehang after having new carpets fitted, finish painting the shed and restore my old dolls house.
Dubai's 'to do' list is for me to sell my car, close my bank account, tidy and sell the garden and sort through and organise packers to get some stuff shipped back to the UK.
On the blog this week:
My Sunday Photo - Camping with Bob
Flying to Dubai with Emirates