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Tuesday, December 14, 2010Hey guys, just a quick update on how things are going over this end of the world...
At the moment I've just completed a massive week of turnarounds - two Hyderabads, Mumbai, Dammam and Damascus, with only a day of to split them. I'd been very fortunate until now to avoid the dreaded 5-turn streak but sadly December was my month to cop it. I was actually kind of relieved to not have to pack the suitcase for a week, before the turns I had a Bangkok-Sydney-Christchurch (which was a whopping 8 days away from base!) then after giving my washer/dryer a workout I had 7 days leave, followed by a snowy Paris. Fun times all around...
I had a lovely catch up with Ben, and finally got to meet the famous motherofSodwee :-D Lots of eating to be had, including this yummy beef tatare from a Bistrot-whos-name-escapes-me, followed by hot chocolate from Cafe Angelina which totally rocked my socks off, followed by a Charlotte Framboise and for the finale - some squidgy chocolate cake baked by motherofSodwee herself! Talk about First Class hospitality! Never had anyone bake me a cake before!!! I was, and still am, very much impressed. So were the crew who operated back to Dubai and shared in the hospitality with me :-D
At the moment I've really gotten into jogging, which I never thought I would ever do. Before when I did some cardio at the gym it was 30 min of walking on the highest incline at the gym, followed by 15 minutes on either the elliptical or the bike. Now I'm actually starting to explore the Al Nahda area a bit, though occasionally I still have some random guy drive up to me, then follow at about 5kph, but when they realise I've got my headphones in and realistically it could be an hour before I quit they give up after about 5 min. I'm not wearing anything super revealing - elbows and knees are covered, and the same thing has happened before when I was living round Sheikh Zayed road, so I guess its just one of those things I have to deal with. And people wonder why the country is suffering from an obesity crisis?
How can you not have a nice stay when you have this message to greet you as you put on your outfit for the day?
Oz getting his pose on in Central Park...Aside from that, nothing much has happened, except I'm trying to fight a minor cold. No fever, no body pain, but runny nose and itchy throat. To much exercise maybe ;-) Next layover is a 48 hour Mauritius, which I have just learnt is now city-based, so looks like I will have to become well acquainted with the pool whilst the rest of the country is enjoying the beach and 28 degree weather. Oh well :-( 7 comments