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Dubai Afternoon

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AED 20 for private car/taxi from Hotel to Emirates, biggest, shops here in Dubai. That's only about $5.90, costs that much before you open the taxi door in Aust!!! About 10mins with lunch time traffic. Concierge walked me to car (out the front of the hotel-still in the circle drive way), driver & concierge both went to open door for me, lol. Shops even have concierge, who opened door to let me out. Poor buggers, in shirt, tie & pants outside in this weather. They have air-con fan behind them on full blast! Just realised where I am food wise, choosing lunch. & here I was saying I wanted to go to Jasmins for dinner when I got home, pmsl. Must have started craving knowing where I was going next. Stayed away from the mixed grill/plate & vine leaves. Will be eating lots of that tonight. May have to go to c chookn' once home, aka "Lassie". A certain person knows what I mean by that ; ) Lunch cost me AED 9.50 which was Manakish + diet pepsi in a can (they didn't have diet coke), that's $2.80! I'm thinking that can't be right. But exchanged €150 (approx $210) which gave me over AED 640, so it is right, just over 3 to 1, insaine!!! Capps the same price as home (which is what I worked out on stop over), extra large (need it now to keep me going, although with heat outside, helloooo.....awake!)=AED 19/$5.60. Lol, barister confirmed low fat milk & brown sugar! Also said "I must give you a cookie too Madam" with a smile... Cookie, free, was mini tea/cinamon cake : ) But, we do get them, every now & again back home, depending on where you go. Ok, done with shopping, will go back tomorrow. Bought a "sweater", Aussie aka, crochet (blue & white stripes with buttons at front) med sleeved top. Prices comparatable to clothes back home, but that was a bargain, again, of course! As I was heading out, saw perfume counter in middle with pretty exotic bottles. Had a look & spoke to nice guy, was selling the after shave. He has friends in Melb. After sniffing 3, then coffee beans, put the 3rd on, gorgeous & only $36! Called Nauf, Swiss Arabian Parfum. In such an exotic bottle too. Sorry guys for girly talk ; ) We were talking about cost difference, only thus far with food & this perfume. Asked him about duty free, said he wasn't sure but prior customers have said duty free don't sell a lot of theirs. Hey, for that price. Such a strong scent too & is 50ml btl. This place is huge, don't want to get lost. Btw, sking is 3 floors, slope is the whole way down! They have KFC delivery on motor bikes.... Saw in cab coming back. Real cab was only AED 10.50, gave him 11 (even though I had the .50), said don't worry about change. Looked through tourist booklet & may do boat/cruise tour around water/beach tomorrow. Get to see Palm Jumeirah, The Atlantis, Burj Al Arab + more & only AED 200. Will ask tour people on pick-up how far to get to meeting point, or can they do pick-up via shuttle bus. But for the cost of a cab here. Goes for 75mins. Waiting for p/u for SITC desert, camel, feast under the stars in lounge chairs with belly dancers, hubbly bubbly, henna painting ect tour. Have cold water AED 1 for btl! suncream (aussie sun=reapply every 2hrs, here mmm.... 20mins maybe), passport (as maybe pulled over for ID checks) & deodrant!!! But, can still smell perfume. As I said to guy, will put more of their sample on (mine cannot be opened) so camels don't spit @ me, will over power sweat smell, lol!

Posted by LisaNujin 13:55

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