|View of the Marina from the 52nd floor of the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel|
Work has turned out to be great. Thank God. After all, that was the reason for stepping out of my familiar. Less than two weeks back, Marriott International announced the successful merger with Starwood. This integration was a long 11 month process that finally came to a close - and courtesy being part of the Marriott Middle East and Africa team, I was lucky to be part of the gathering addressed by Arne Sorenson, CEO Marriott International. I could never have imagined seven months back when I was sitting in my office in Pune scouting for my next big opportunity within the company.
Outside of work, things have been fun too. I have had some really fun times chatting late into the night with my friends. I have eaten at new restaurants and even tasted some really good cappuccinos (I love coffee!). Talking about coffee, I recently discovered Rainbow milk - everyone uses it here. A teaspoon or two of the creamy Rainbow milk in my freshly brewed coffee really perks up my weekend mornings. I now also have a TV and finally I can continue following the drama of the American elections (no TV show beats the race to the White House).
Brunches are a big deal here in Dubai. People spend Thursday evenings and Fridays devouring alcohol and (wasting) food at brunches across luxury hotels and high end restaurants. I haven't gotten around to experiencing a brunch just yet. Eventually, maybe. By the way, fun fact...brunches here can cost more than a night's stay in a luxury hotel.
Even though I live in Dubai, home to the tallest, grandest, biggest and shiniest, I am already feeling the bug to travel. It's now been a little over four months since my trip to Spain and I can hardly wait to get comfortable on a flight and head to explore a new destination. Perhaps next year. Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Zanzibar are enticing...
Meanwhile, I'm planning to explore Dubai as much as I possibly can - there's the Dubai Opera I hope to catch a show at soon, I want to attend the improv show at Courtyard Playhouse, there's the 1 dirham Abra ride I want to experience, and of course, one of those really indulgent brunches...just because!