Going Dark

Unfortunately, we do not yet have an internet connection in our new place. Up until this point, we have been using the access in our original apartment, but since we turned in the keys yesterday, we will be offline. Best case scenario: the phone company has us connected in 2 weeks. Worse case scenario: it…

Starting to Look Like a Home

So after a few deliveries and a quick run to Carrefour (European chain that is like Walmart only better food selection and higher prices), our new apartment is slowly starting to look like a home. There is still a ton more we need, but it’s coming along. Besides the huge windows and views, the best…

Room with a View

Today we finally settled on our apartment – hooray!! But it wasn’t all peaches and cream – to say this morning was stressful would be an understatement. Our schedule was jammed packed and there was no room for error. After meeting with our agent, we arrived at the landlord’s office around 8:30am. We needed to…

Brunching like a Local

Back home, brunch is a popular social activity on Sunday mornings – a way to wind down and prepare for the week ahead. In Abu Dhabi, however, brunch is popular on Fridays (which is like their Saturday). And one of the hottest places to have brunch is a place called “Pearls and Caviar”, a waterfront…

Paper, forms and fees, oh my!

The last few days have been all about paperwork. Yesterday, I went to a government office to have copies of our marriage license certified by the UAE. This is very important because the certified license extends Meg’s health insurance coverage to me and allows us to live together (seriously). The UAE takes marriage quite seriously….

Fumble!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled coverage of Abu Dhabi to bring you this breaking sports news: The Williamsport Vikings edged past the Williamsport Bears by a score of 7-6 in 5th to 8th grade football action last Sunday. Linebacker Kyle O’Ney (our nephew) recovered of a fumble early in the game, which led to the…

Take that, Wind!!

With a little, old American ingenuity, we have a way of letting our clothes dry outside without them getting knocked onto the sand-laden ground….again!. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that bring the most joy…

Halloween in Fabu Dhabi?

I had absolutely zero expectations for finding anything related to Halloween in Abu Dhabi, so imagine my surprise when I found almost 2 aisles of Halloween decorations and supplies in a nearby party store. Granted, I own more Halloween stuff than this entire country combined, but I can’t tell you how happy it made me…

Oktoberfest

Yesterday we went to an Abu Dhabi Oktoberfest, which was held at the One to One Hotel. The hotel itself is really nice and probably only about 2 miles from our new apartment. (It’s always good to take note of the nearby hotels because they are the only places that serve booze!) The event itself…