|From Jamie's Philippines Pics|
We have also had the opportunity to travel to some amazing places in China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Bali. We have archived all of our travels and living experiences abroad; and if you wish, you can read about our adventures by finding the archives on the right of this page and by checking our Photo Album.
We appreciate all of our family and friends who have stayed in touch and emailed us with encouraging words throughout the year. We hope you will continue to keep us in your thoughts as we continue our adventure of living abroad teaching at an international school. For those who have stumbled upon our site, check out the "About Eric and Jamie" section on the right for more information.
Thanks for checking us out!
- Mark Twain
- Maya Angelou
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Probably one of the kids best days and for one reason...This was the 1st morning that all of the boys woke up on time and were ready to go. Part of that was that yesterday I drug one room of boys in the hallway and had them do some morning exercises because they refused to wake up after numerous doorbell rings and telephone calls. Needless to say, there were all up this morning.We left the hotel at 7:30 in order to get to the Siheung Middle School on time for our day with Korean students. They met us at the gate and had name tags with our names on them. We then proceeded to their auditorium where the opening ceremonies were held. Everything was well planned out and there had to be English and Korean translations for each speaker.They presented our school with a gift of framed ancient Korean masks and Mathurine had purchased an Arabic teapot for their principal. Their principal and assistant principal had a few welcoming words and I spoke on behalf of our school. Luckily, I had some translation experience. The students then exchanged gifts and prepared for their performances.Two Korean students performed on bamboo flutes, two more performed a couple of classical songs on the violin and piano, 6 girls performed a modern pop dance, and the finale was an AMAZING Korean drum performance by 7 students. The principal said it was the "pride of their school" and they won competitions for it.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
After arriving in Bahrain, we decided to go to our favorite restaurant there and eat, Ric's Country Kitchen. I may have discussed it before, but in short, Ric's has some good American fix ins, particularly for breakfast. I ate up some biscuits and sausage gravy with a side of bacon. Jamie had what appeared to be potato skins along with (you guessed it) a side of bacon.
The drive across the causeway was a piece of cake and Jamie and I spent the rest of the day catching up on our shows.
Again, a wonderful trip to Dubai. We highly recommend the city for a 4 day weekend. There is probably enough to do if you wanted to stay for a week, but it might get costly. They have some fabulous resorts there too, but again, more costly. I know we'll be back down there for a similar long weekend in the future.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
We spent the entire afternoon in the Dubai Creek Children's Park. It is a very nice area with a ton of stuff to do with kids. James is too young obviously, but we have decided that we'll go back there one day. Having a park like that would be amazing in Saudi. It is times like that that I wish Saudi had their act together. They certainly have the money Dubai has, just weird in the way they spend it.
After roaming around the park for a few hours, we took another taxi to Festival City, where we decided to eat at Hard Rock Cafe. The food as always was great, and we bought James his first HRC onesie.
We leave very early in the morning to fly back to Bahrain where we'll hop over into Saudi. We should be home by 11:00 am, so we'll have the day to rest before going back to work on Monday.
James' first on this trip (14.5 weeks old)...
1st time out of the country (Bahrain and United Arab Emirates)
1st time across Saudi/Bahrain Causeway
1st airplane ride (Bahrain to Dubai) and (Dubai back to Saudi)
1st monorail ride (Dubai)
1st hotel stay (Rose Garden Hotel Apartments Dubai)
1st Hard Rock Cafe (Dubai)
1st time rolling on one side
1st time rolling in the grass (this may seem weird, but remember where we live)
1st time held by complete strangers (everyone seems to have an opinion on how to calm a baby)
1st tear rolling down the cheek
He's also really starting to "jabber" and may be teething.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Jamie had a rough night with James, so we slept in (kinda) and didn't head out until after noon. We took the Metro straight to the Dubai Mall. On exiting the Metro, you can see the Burj Khalifa measuring in at 829.84 m (2723 ft) tall. You can actually see it pretty much from anywhere in the city. It is actually a beautiful building. I read where it took 5 years to building using 13,000 workers where they sometimes built a level in only 3 days.
The Dubai Mall is equally impressive. We entered and found a nice little "Mexican" restaurant in the food court. The rest of the day was spent trying to feed James and keep him happy and walk around the mall. There is a large aquarium at the bottom. We decided not to go in, but you can see the 10 million liter aquarium from the outside quite easily. It houses over 33,000 marine animals.
A quick dinner at Uno's deep dish pizza and a dessert once again at Cold Stone and we were off to see the Dubai Fountains, the largest dancing water fountains in the world. If you have been to see the dancing water fountains at the Bellagio hotel and casino in Vegas, the Dubai fountains won't seem all that. There are more fountains, but the show is pretty much the same. The back drop, however, is quite incredible as you view the Burj Khalifa to your left of the fountains and the Burj Al Arab to your right. The Burj Al Arab is the only "self proclaimed" 7 star hotel in the world. It is impossible to go in to see it unless you have either a) a room for the night which starts at $1800 per night for a "standard" room OR b) you can get a reservation (up to a month early) to eat at the restaurant where the meal will probably cost you around $250 per couple. While it would be nice to actually say we've seen it, we'll wait for that large bonus check to arrive in the mail first.
It had been a long afternoon, so we headed back for the night. Tomorrow, we'll see what else Dubai has to offer. Check out the few pictures we have on our Picasa Photo Albums.
Dubai airport is beautiful and easy, and after a quick stop at the Duty Free (thank you Jack D.), we took the monorail toward our hotel. James became quite fussy then, so we decided to stop 1 stop early at the Mall of Emirates. After feeding him at Cold Stone and treating ourselves, we took a quick taxi to our hotel, The Rose Garden Hotel Apartments. The room is nice and it has a full kitchen in it. We rested a while before heading back out, taking the Metro (which was only 1 block from our hotel) back to the Mall of Emirates. After walking the mall for a while shopping around, we ate at a place called Sezzam which was at the bottom of the Ski Dubai. Ski Dubai is a large indoor skiing course. Please remember that Dubai is in a desert. When you get board, look up Dubai and notice all of the insane things that oil money can buy a country, including a fully operational ski slope inside of a mall. If you've been to Colorado or any other ski town, it is not that big of a deal, but it is touristy and something to see. We ate Indian food at Sezzam and it was wonderful. They even served my favorite beer. Alcohol is legal in Dubai but only sold at hotel restaurants and licensed bars.
After dinner, we walked around the Mall of Emirates a little longer before heading in for the night. James was great for the night but has begun to get fussy. We believe he might be teething. Tomorrow, we'll head to the Dubai Mall to see some of the sites around there.