Watch out road!

So, it’s taken 6 weeks (which doesn’t seem that bad), but all of my paperwork has been processed, culminating with getting my driver’s license today. At some point we’ll get a car so we can be relatively taxi-free! Brian still has to apply for his Emirates ID and then get a driver’s license after he…

Where I spend my days…

So, here’s a little insight into where I spend most of my week. The Edelman office is a 25-person operation near Khalifa Park – not downtown but not far out in the suburbs. So, it’s a nice mix and only 15-minute cab ride from our apartment. Many people commute much farther from Dubai, as the…

Getting there…

Well, we’re getting that much closer to becoming fully settled in the desert. We spent the weekend with a haul to IKEA and Carrefour to get the major last odds and ends for our place. It’s amazing what your forget you need to start up from nothing. After the six hours in the mall, it…

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…