Not Much Longer

24 Apr


My time in Abu Dhabi is rapidly coming to an end. These last few days are rushing by as I try to cram in lots of things I’ve not done before or want to do one last time. I don’t know whether it is just because I’m psyching myself up to leave but I’m ready to go.

You know it’s time to leave Abu Dhabi when:

You expect doors to just open for you and taps to turn themselves on.

If a taxi costs more than £4 you’re horrified but you expect a glass of wine to be £10.

You find 25° a bit chilly and the receptionist wearing a scarf seems appropriate.

You automatically take a jacket to wear inside and take it off when you leave the building.

You’re used to being called “Ma’am” and “Miss Catherine” is positively friendly.

You get irritated if you don’t have the pool to yourself or if it is not heated or chilled to exactly your preference.

You start saying that all-you-can-eat-and-drink brunches are over rated.

Drinking cocktails on the 80th floor no longer gives you a buzz.

You don’t notice the amazing, death-defying window cleaners or you get irritated that they haven’t managed a perfect shine at 70 floors up.

Undertaking, tailgating and sudden lane changes are the only way you can get to work, while five lanes to choose from is not enough. Making u-turns doesn’t mean you’re lost.

You develop vitamin D deficiency because you daren’t expose any skin to sunlight without factor 50.

You actually consider getting a maid.

You buy a boat in Greece.

OK, so not all of the above apply to me personally but I’ll let you guess which ones do!


4 Responses to “Not Much Longer”

  1. vinneve April 24, 2016 at 9:53 am #

    Just wishing you the best for your next adventure then 🙂 Meanwhile, I am stuck here!

    • lamputts April 24, 2016 at 10:03 am #

      Thanks, Vinneve. I’m sure you’ll be off on your travels again soon. Enjoy your time in Abu Dhabi x

  2. brummytezza April 24, 2016 at 10:50 pm #

    Well swapping all that for a 33ft sailing boat should be quite a contrast. Look forward to the vicarious pleasure of reading about your sailing adventures here in Moraira.

    • lamputts May 4, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

      Sorry, Terry, only just seen your message. Just got back to the UK for a few weeks before we head to Greece and the boat. Had a lovely month in Spain and looking forward to next winter there. New beginnings :-))

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