Monday, 31 January 2011

An end to a journey

The blog has been pretty quiet for a while. That's because my secondment in the Abu Dhabi office ended and I've relocated home to the UK. I've since had lots of time to reflect on my time in the Middle East.

Looking back, it was the most amazing six month period of my life. It was scary, exciting, challenging and rewarding every single day. I had some great experiences and learnt a lot about the Muslim culture. What made it totally special was the people I met and the friends I made.

I was fortunate enough to meet some amazing people, who I would never have met had I stayed home in the UK. I learnt about the world through other peoples experiences. I also had fleeting moments with acquaintances which totally changed my my view on certain situations.

I found the experience to be totally fulfilling and I'm already looking for my next adventure. However I felt the full spectrum of emotions while I was there. I felt real loneliness when my girlfriend back home left me. I felt stranded thousands of miles from home and I hadn't known any of my Abu Dhabi friends longer than six weeks. In contrast, I had one of the best times of my life when we went on a road trip to Dubai and 15 of us booked an apartment. We got lost several times on the way, despite it being a fairly well worn path! We played drinking games, had great conversations (I'm guessing) and set out into the Arabic night. My friend was sick, I bust my nose and people got it on. Good times.

fuzzy duck.

Thank you to my friends, my acquaintances, the Emiratis, the expats, the taxi drivers, the spitting builders, the jet ski riders, the bread bakers and the philipino hareem that my mate nurtured.

It was a blast.

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