I had originally set out to write briefly about our recent trip to Australia, but after the reflection I did during the holiday, my post from last week about ‘What I learned from Failing as an Expat‘ was the slightly unexpected result. There’s not much else to say after that, so here’s just a few pics and a few of my observations about our trip. Continue reading In Pictures: a return visit to Australia
Whilst I was excited to go on holiday recently, I’ll admit that I was a bit apprehensive about going back to Australia. After having lived there for around 18 months a few years back, I suppose I was a bit worried about the memories it would stir up. You see, I really wasn’t a very happy person when we lived in Australia. I hadn’t expected to feel that way, I had been very excited to make the move, but things worked out very differently to how we’d imagined, for both myself and my husband. It was due to a number of things really, things were far more expensive than we’d anticipated, work opportunities weren’t very good for me and quite frankly, despite my husband having grown up in the country, many people just weren’t very welcoming to what we’d become from living overseas for so many years – ‘outsiders’. Continue reading What I Learned from Failing as an Expat
On this very day 10 years ago, after having packed up my life, sold some of my things, sent even more to the charity shop and boxed the remainder up for storage at my parents house, I was finally about to board a plane to start a new job and a new life in Dubai…
10 years… I can hardly believe it’s really been 10 years since I waved goodbye to everything I knew and left the UK. So as a bit of a celebration and a trip down memory lane, here’s a few pictorial highlights of my adventures in the UAE over those last 10 years…
Continue reading In Pictures: 10 Years in the UAE
A short break that has long been on my list, we finally planned a weekend getaway and made it to Sir Baniyas Island. Famous as a nature reserve that was established in 1977 for conservation purposes by Sheikh Zayed, the island is home to a broad range of animal species, both indigenous and foreign, and offering visitors a one of a kind experience in the UAE, the island also boasts the Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa. Continue reading Short Break: Sir Bani Yas Island
There are brunches aplenty in the city and it can be hard to know where to start with new ones opening up all the time. There are seemingly hundreds to choose from with many different offerings and price points depending on what you’re looking for, but when friends and family are in town, or if you want to push the boat out yourself, for me, these are my go to brunches that are consistently worth visiting and have stood the test of time.
I’m fond of a little staycation, and frankly, any excuse to make a day at the beach last longer! It’s like a little holiday, but all wrapped up into a weekend and without having to worry about the stresses of travel! So last weekend after never having visited the hotel previously, we decided it was finally time to check out the Hilton Abu Dhabi, one of the oldest hotels in the city, but also one of the most loved. Continue reading Staycation: Hilton Abu Dhabi
After what seemed like a very long wait, Bounce finally hit the capital and opened back in August and now, they’ve also launched their BounceFIT classes which I have been excited about trying for ages… Continue reading BounceFIT Abu Dhabi
It seems like life is passing me by lately, things on the to do list never seem to get crossed off and the days are just flying past but I’m not feeling like I’m getting much done. So rather than panic about it all, I’ve sort of taken a bit of a step back to take a look at what’s going on in my life – cue a bit of a rambling post today about how and where I’m getting inspired in the city (complete with links for you too!). Continue reading Finding my Motivation: Inspiration in Abu Dhabi
I don’t often write about being a mother. But this week, on the day my baby started nursery for the first time I felt compelled to finish a post I first started many months ago.
Pretty much ever since Baby Arabian Notes was born, I’ve spent a lot of time agonising over one question:
“what’s wrong with me?”
Cost of Living in Abu Dhabi 2016: It’s that time of year again where I’ve been traipsing around town to compare how prices of ordinary goods have changed since last year. Last year I noted that a lot of things had actually come down in price, and this year a fair bit has stayed the same, though the items that have gone up seem to have increased quite considerably. As in previous years, for the sake of consistency I visited Lulu hypermarket for the prices and you can compare these to previous years by clicking on the cost of living posts for 2014 and 2015 if you like.
Also to make it easy to see what’s gone up, down or stayed the same, I’ve used the following self-explanatory key:
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Price down: ↓
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