Well I made it to Dubai, safe and sound. It is unlike anywhere else I've been. Everything is lit up like Christmas. Our hotel is unbelievable! The pictures do not even come close to doing it justice. When I arrived I was greated by a hotel representative even before I went through customs. He walked me through customs, grabbed my luggage, and escorted me to the BMW waiting to take me to the hotel. The driver was dressed in a starched white suit and hat. He greeted me with a bouquet of flowers and showed me the sights on the way to the hotel. An interesting fact he told me was that only 20% of all people living in Dubai are natives.
When we arrived at the hotel, an entourage of people welcomed me as I got out of the car. It was Ms. Floyd this and Ms. Floyd that, and none of them were asking if they could go to the bathroom! I felt really out of place, because I dressed very casual for the plane ride, you know, straight out of Old Navy. But no one acted as if they minded. I can tell, I didn't pack enough nice clothes!
I am sure I am not the only person who watches people in the airport. It would make for a great case study. I love watching people! Anyway, the winner for the day was the guy dressed like Ali G (an alter-ego of Sasha Baron Cohen) listening to his MP3 player, which incidently was blaring "Country Road" by John Denver. Twilight Zone?!
Besides watching people, the other flying ritual I have is ordering gingerale. Don't know why, but it just seems like what I should be drinking when I fly. I can honestly say that I don't ever drink it any other time.
Well I should go to bed, even though my body thinks it is 10 am. Thanks so much for all the prayers on our behalf! They really made a difference!
More to come!