Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be moving to a foreign country to live, let alone a country in the Middle East. Over the 2009 Christmas and New Year’s holidays, my husband Roger and I discussed what we wanted the next part of our life to be like. He thought that before retiring, he would like to do one more airport project but only if he could find something very interesting. I half-jokingly agreed that would be fine but could he try for an exotic location? As usual, Roger came through and soon we were headed to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. This blog is a recap of our "leap-of- faith" wanderings around the Middle East and beyond. We joyfully share these expat experiences.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES AND BE GRATEFUL … as seen through the lens of Louise Schwartzberg’s amazing time lapse photography.

It is the day after the American Thanksgiving.

For many people in the USA and around the world it means the start of a frantic period that traditionally gathers friends and family together to share special meals and exchange gifts.

Sometimes the activities become so hectic that we risk losing sight of the true meaning of “the season.”

So I have a gift for you!

Friday, November 18, 2011

PAUL MCCARTNEY. . .ROCK STAR – A Knight On the Run Rocks the Boomers

Sometimes you get lucky! 

Roger’s love of fast cars has us headed to the Third Annual Etihad Airways Formula 1 Race in Abu Dhabi.

Yas Marina Formula1 circuit under the Abu Dhabi moon.
While I will do anything for my darling, three days of ear-splitting revving and screaming of F1 engines speeding endlessly around the track is the ultimate sacrifice of self.

That is, unless you get lucky.

And boy did I!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Blogging Boomers Carnival #234

MasksIt's Contemporary Retirement's turn (and pleasure), once again, to host the Blogging Boomers this week...
First up, John at SoBabyBoomer tells us that for some, Thanksgiving is pretty lonely when your own flesh and blood can't make it home for even a brief visit.  On the other hand, you might delight in your freedom from turkey tyranny.  Either way, if you're a Baby Boomer lacking nestlings for the first time, you'll likely need to adjust holiday plans to better suit your new lifestyle.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.~ Aristole
Midlife Musings by Lucie is hosting  this week's Boomers Carnival.  Here our band of boomers share their words of wisdom, wit and advice on everything from finances and fun to midlife and great food.
Reading about the trials and tribulations of everyday life from other boomers can give us a better perspective of where we are in our own lives and what we can do to laugh richly and live deeply.  Enjoy.
Tom Sightings explores the subject of nostalgia. He wonders why it has the pull on us that it does, and considers whether that pull grows stronger as we get older.
Over at Contemporary Retirement, Ann has a video about how getting happy can improve your health – and even your genes!
From The Boomer Chronicles Dan the Early Retired Mangoes for his first senior discount.

Friday, November 4, 2011


1950 Dodge Power Wagon . .
 64 times bigger than original model
What rises above the dunes of the Arabian Desert outside of Abu Dubai, UAE and contains a vehicle listed in Guinness Book of Records, a 16-foot high Dodge pickup truck and 200+ cars and trucks of various vintages, hues, customizations, and sizes?

The answer: The “most expensive   garage in the world” and site of The Emirates National Car Museum.

Throughout history, and indeed today, a man is judged by the quality of his “steed.”  Arab sheikhs are known for their fondness of exotic and lavish cars and I think this is symbiotic with their ancestors’ attachment to their gloriously sure-footed graceful camels.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

BLOGGING BOOMERS CARNIVAL #232 . . . Disappearances, Shootings,True Confessions and Prune Juice???

Today, the Accidental Lacavorehas her guest appearance on Emeril's Table as well as the pleasure of hosting the 232nd Blogging Boomers Carnival. If you’re not familiar with the Carnival (or BBC as we affectionately call it), it’s a diverse group of Baby Boomer bloggers, having fun writing about all kinds of things. So come, join the fun!