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, June 1, 2012

Boomer Blog Carnival #262

The Blogging Boomers have a variety of offering for you this week. What emotional type are you? What about your spouse/partner? SoBabyBoomer wonders what happens when opposites get together. The Midlife Crisis Queen is blowing OFF STEAM with her new blog while the Accidental Locavore cooked up a tasty baked asparagus fries recipe for us. And Tom Sightings wonders how one goes on vacation when you are already retired! On the financial front, Rita Robison tackles the problem of switching banks. And from Arabian Tales, Dubai walking tours of the souqs and the historic Bastakiya neighborhood. Even if you can't get to Dubai you will enjoy an "arm chair" walk through these exotic locations. 

SoBabyBoomer tells us that of all the ways that opposites attract, the thorniest may be when emotionally giving types pair up with types who are emotionallyreserved.

Laura Lee felt somehow limited by her popular Midlife Crisis Queen blog, so she started "The Midlife Queen Blows OFF STEAM!" where she solves MOST of the world's problems, one blog post at a time! Laura would also like to recommend that you see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel!

Fresh asparagus are one of the great foods of spring! The Accidental Locavore shares a recipe for Baked Asparagus Fries, a sure bet for even fussy asparagus eaters!

Tom Sightings wonders:  How can you go on vacation when you're already retired?  He notes in A Short Vacation that retirement is never an all-or-nothing condition.  And besides, just because we're retired doesn't mean we can't be busy!

This week, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, wrote on The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide about the problems consumers have switching from banks to other financial institutionsSwitching takes time, and it costs money to close an account and transfer funds, a report by Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports found. Some banks also set up “zombie accounts,” accounts that have been reopened after they’ve been closed, if any activity hits them, which can result in substantial charges.Consumers Union also found in its investigation that the top 10 banks didn’t give consumers clear information on account closing policies.

Katie recently picked up a small assignment from TripAdvisor that has been so much fun - create 5 walking tours of Dubai. The first two of my EveryTrail creations are published: “Shopping the Dubai Souqs” and “Bastakiya, Historic Dubai Neighborhood.”  Those of you who live in Dubai, or are visiting Dubai, please try them and let her know how it goes. You can leave your “vote” on the walking tours’ web site and leave her a comment on her blog. Enjoy! Arabian Tales and Other Amazing Stories

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