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.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Blogging Boomer Carnival #238

One week before Christmas and all through the house . . . . boomers are musing on the ultimate gift for their favorite foodie . . . what makes a good retirement community for your parents . . . kids and Christmases past . . . can there truly be a random act of kindness in Kmart . . . frustrating secret surcharges . . . can raising federal taxes help our economy?  . . was Santa a Shaman? . .  Oh my, adults indulging in kids’ foods . . . and one Amazing Race in Dubai.

Have you had a chance to peruse Modernist Cuisine? The Accidental Locavore listens to Nathan Myhrvold talk about his opus and manages to get a copy. What’s the verdict?

SoBabyBoomer says, when you are helping your parents or other loved ones choose a retirement community, there is a lot for the whole family to think about and discuss.  

Lucie at Midlife Musing remembers just how being Mom/Santa has its own lessons that are learned along the way. 

Over at Contemporary Retirement, Ann has a tale about random acts of kindness in Kmart, of all places, and a thought provoker for those who celebrate Christmas to ponder.

From the Vaboomer Was Santa a Shaman? Read more.

Something's been bothering Tom Sightings lately. It's all the extra surcharges that seemed to have cropped up, anywhere and everywhere you buy something. Have you noticed them? For a look at what's really going on, click on "Just Tell Me the Real Price, Please!" 

The Midlife Crisis Queen wants to know: Does raising federal taxes improve our economy or make it worse?  Paul Solman asks an economic historian to analyze this question to enlighten us all.

Adults are indulging in kids' foods, observes The Boomer Chronicles.

A pleasant afternoon at the Meydan Horse Race Track in Dubai turns into an Amazing Race. Arabian Tales and Other Amazing Adventures

. . .  and to all a Good Night! 


  1. I just found your blog and I think it's great. You're exploring a part of the world that has always fascinated me but remains on my bucket list. I'll be back for more. Visit me sometime at Chubby

  2. So glad you enjoyed the blog . please do stay tuned. I did take a look at Chubby Chatterbox. You have some very funny posting!