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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.

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."
- Mark Twain

"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."
- Maya Angelou






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Friday, February 10, 2012

Dubai 2012 Long Weekend Day 2

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.   

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