An expat for 10 years – part 2

In 2007, I had summer at home, attending to family priorities, which involved a lot of hospital visits and dealing with home care professionals. Amidst all of this, I was “found” by a head-hunter who asked if I was interested in assignment in Abu Dhabi. A telephone interview followed and in early September, I packed three bags and my dive kit and left for the UAE. This post covers five and a half years, so it is another lengthy one…

UAE

A close up external short of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. A stunning mosque, and amazingly, built from marble imported from Macedonia!

A close up external short of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. A stunning mosque, and amazingly, built from marble imported from Macedonia!

Due to more pressing matters at home, I didn’t conduct the normal levels of research I usually do prior to arriving in a new country. Despite the searing temperatures, it took me a while to warm to Abu Dhabi, its idiosyncrasies and its hidden charms. The following selection of images and narrative best sum up my four years of memories living in Abu Dhabi. Continue reading

Running along Azeiba Corniche, Muscat

My local running route and why I run

OK – so the title may be a little misleading as it might give the impression that I am a runner. The truth is that apart from what I had to do during basic naval training in the late 80’s, I couldn’t run for a bus until 2010. Now I run once or twice a week, depending on work schedule, temperature and humidity. I don’t currently have a training goal so am running between three and seven km. This is quite patheticc compared to some of my friends and acquaintances that are pro-elites, ultra marathon runners, ironmen and half ironmen, but I would rather run short distances than not run at all.  Plus I have also been very slowly nursing a knee injury, which thankfully is OK now. Continue reading