Monday, July 4

Dubai, Day Two: Falling In Love

Ok, the subtitle above is kinda only for shock value, but today really was the start of what made this holiday great for me. But wait, I'm getting ahead of myself.

Apart from the wedding, I also had a bit of personal business to do in Dubai and Sharjah. Deciding to get it out of the way sooner rather than later, we (my friends and I) split up for the day. They instead went to the beach, which I had little interest in. Win-win methinks. Thought. Whatever.

Of course I had a cunning plan. Since I was going to end up in Sharjah, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to meet up with the friend of mine who was getting married. Since this was our first meeting (for those who don't know she was a fellow ALMB'er) I didn't want to just meet her on her wedding day, y'know, since that woulda been very weird and she would've been busy and stuff.

I only planned on staying for an hour. I mean how long can someone meet another for the first time? No matter how long you've known someone online real life is different and these things are slow blah blah blah and besides staying any longer woulda just been an imposition. So of course I stayed in the Vohra Residence for five hours. And had lunch (a part of which was the best pasta I had ever had. Mmmm). I'm so rude... But it wasn't like that I don't think. We talked, chatted, chilled, listened to music, had chocolate milk, played Jenga and what must be the best card game EVAR, Chinese Snaps. It truly was great.

It was like I had known them all (I met her two sisters and mother too) for years and was a testament to how open, lovely and welcoming they were. I will say that a lot of it was to do the romantic conditions (my being on holiday, and them getting ready for a wedding), but it was still acebest and I was sad that it had to end - it wasn't likely that I'd be able to hang with them all like this again (although I did manage to after all, but more of that later). And yes, I think I fancied their family a bit. The cads.

(And if you're wondering about the beach, my mates didn't seem to enjoy it as much as they thought they would. Dubai is not the place to go for girls, apparently.)