Thursday, 2 December 2010

Bits and pieces

I've had some snippets to write about, the small things, things not quite worth an entry but worth saying so I thought I'd write about some of them now.

I've been doing some writing and taking some photos for the Oasis Living magazine and the second edition is out now. The magazine looks fantastic and gives an excellent insight into Al Ain, into the lifestyle here of the ex pats as well as the local people. My work life limits how much I can do but I love being able to contribute. The hard copies are in the malls of Al Ain, for the online copy, click the link. Your feedback would be appreciated.

On a completely different topic, I've always been amused by the fact that the UAE runs on Lipton tea, yellow label to be precise. There is a misconception that it's oil that runs the Middle East, I've discovered that's only part of it. There are huge signs on the top of the cafeterias advertising that yellow label is sold here, all cafeteria seem to have these signs. A cafeteria is like a cafe only it sells a greater variety of food, mostly fast food. They are usually cheap and alway have tea.

The supermarkets are full of Lipton tea, at school there is always a flask of Lipton's waiting for us in the morning. I like it, I look forward to my small cup in the morning. I can even ask for tea in Arabic. Imagine my surprise to go to Jordan and there was Lipton's again, everywhere. On one cafeteria and nut shop there was a sign that left me considering it's meaning for a while.

"Tourist best without taste" I suspect there was something lost in translation. More about my Jordan adventures tomorrow. I'm having a home and local travel long weekend. It was too hard to get back from Tbilisi so I'll have to visit Natia another time. I've got lots to catch up on including some pool time tomorrow, it's still just warm enough to lie in the sun and relax.

It's National Day tomorrow and the city is decorated beautifully. I hope to get some photos out and about tomorrow, another reason to stay. The schools all have had big celebrations and I was privileged to be able to join in at one of my schools. I have a lovely henna design on my hands thanks to two of the teachers. Both skilled artists, they quickly drew some patterns on my hands. The henna has flaked off and the pattern is getting darker as it sets. I know Keri will be envious.

Well, that's about it. I'm sure there was something else. That's right, last night we had a party on our roof. A couple of us have set up my outdoor table and chairs on some fake grass with candles so we can sit up on the roof with sundowners and watch the sun setting. Last night we invited others, had pizza and a bit of a chat, a laugh or two. The weather is nice for outdoor living at the moment and as most are away for Christmas this year, it was a good chance to have a small gathering before we all leave. The next two weeks are hectic so best I catch my breath this weekend.


Misalyn said...

Hi Julie. Thank you for visiting my photoblog. It took me a while to return your visit because I am working mostly on night shifts. Thank you for your kind comments.

I always take photos of the moon especially when it's full. I love staring at the craters which somehow tells me that maybe there's somebody out's kinda weird for me to chant my wishes every time I look at it.

By the way, I really love your photos. I have seen some in My Oasis Living Magazine. Superb captures.

Guess I need to bookmark this page so I can visit your blog often.

Warm regards,
Jocelyn aka Misalyn
of Al Ain City Daily Photo

Jule's Short Story said...

H Jocelyn.
Thanks for your comment. I love looking up at the moon and have a good spot on my roof to do so. I've not had much time lately for my writing and photography, too busy out and about. I've got a whole series on Jordan to write so must get some quiet time to do that.
You photos are fantastic, I'll come and check your site again on the weekend.
Take care.
Julie :)

Di said...

Hey there from America :-) Just found myself with time to pop over and catch up on the blog. Sounds like you're doing good. xx

Jule's Short Story said...

Hi there!
Looks like you're having fun over in the US of A. Have been following your progress on Facebook. Will have to have a chat soon. I fly next Thursday, off on another adventure :)
Take care xxxx