A month already!?

I can’t believe we’ve been in Dubai now for over a month!  Since my last update we have successfully moved into our new apartment!  (YAY)  and have simultaneously realized the joys (pains) of setting up a new house from scratch.   There is so much STUFF involved with setting up a new house!  When you think you’ve bought every type of furnishing that you may need, you realize you’ve only just scratched the surface of the things you need.  It’s slowly getting there, it is quite hard when you don’t have a car to transport the mass amount of things you’ve just bought from ikea back to your house, but we’ve managed somehow!  We will be getting a couch and a table delivered next week, so far we’ve been eating sitting on the floor, or standing up.  I really want to order my Arne Jacobsen chairs for the kitchen and have been searching high and low for them here in Dubai.  We might be standing for a bit longer.

Daryl and I went to Doha this past weekend.  I needed to do my first (and hopefully only) visa run.  In Dubai, the tourist visa you get on arrival is only good for 30 days, so you have to leave and come back to get another one.  Hopefully my visa will start getting processed soon, and I won’t have to complete another visa run.  My first impressions of Doha, Qatar was that I was FREEZING.  I guess I have climatized pretty fast because when the temperature drops below 18 or 19 C ( 64-66 F) I feel like I need to have on a winter coat.  I was actually shivering at one point, and I just laughed at myself.  Aside from the drop in temperature, Doha was pretty tame.  Much more laid back and quiet than the Dubai lifestyle.  I’ve heard that Doha is much more conservative than Dubai, however I didn’t notice much of that while I was there.  There was still the infamous Friday brunch, rooftop bars and nightclubs, and fancy dinners with even fancier wine (insert pinky out here).  One thing I did notice is that the Taxi drivers will rip you off.  They don’t run the meter, and though you are supposed to get your ride for free if that happens, somewhere deep inside you know that these people don’t make enough money to put food on the table, and that is why they are charging you an extra 10 or 20 Riyal (3-5 USD) per ride.  Fair enough.  We have to make it in this world somehow.  I liked Doha, but there wasn’t much to do.  We explored the Souks, went to the Villagio mall (which looked really cool) and toured the museum of Islamic Art (which I thoroughly enjoyed).  Apparently, that’s about all there is to do in Doha, and it was a good thing we only spent a weekend there.

As I am waiting to get internet set up in our new place, I am becoming best friends with the Baristas downstairs.  There is a Caribou Coffee literally located right outside our complex.  Which is great for me, bad for my wallet.  Good for the internet though.

Settling In

Vacation is over!  Daryl had his first day of work today, and I spent Sunday’s the way they should be… curled up with some re-runs of Gilmore Girls on the couch.  I was so excited for Daryl, I just couldn’t wait for him to finish work and come home to tell me all about his day.

We finally secured a place.  After some initial hassle with the first apartment that we fell in love with, we put an offer in for an apartment in the same complex on the 4th floor.   It doesn’t have a balcony (one less Pinterest page of possibilities) or an additional 1/2 bath, but it will suite our new Dubai lifestyle just fine.  We were very sold on the facilities of the building, and how close it was to Daryl’s work, so we feel very lucky to have this apartment.  I cannot wait to start decorating and making this house a home!  These days I really am going overboard on Pinterest, but there are just so many good ideas out there and I really want to utilize them in this new space.  It will be me and Daryl’s first place together, and we’re overflowing with ideas on how to style it!  Hopefully we will be able to start moving in next week, and that will give us enough time to clean and grab all the details in order to furnish the property.

We’ve pretty much seen all that we wanted to see of Dubai… we could have had a few more beach and Marina days but we enjoyed using some of our days for non touristy things, like shopping for furniture and dining at Ikea.  This means that we still have things to do on weekends… even though I’m pretty sure that if we had managed to check all the touristy items off our list we’d still have plenty of activities to fill our days.

I am going to start my own job hunt soon, even though I have been looking to see what is out there, I will start the process of actually putting pen to paper and writing those cover letters and applying for jobs later this week.  I haven’t quite shaken the holiday mindset just yet, and still look forward to lazy days spent tanning by the pool.  However I know myself and I can’t keep that lifestyle up for long, I will need something more to fill my days with soon enough, and am very excited about the job search!  There is already so much in this city I know I will find the perfect match for me.

 

Until tomorrow:)