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Dubai Safari Tour

As Per FB, yet again ; )

Safari Tour. Started in 4wd, then 1hr "fun", as Cameron (tour guide) said & bumpy desert ride. We were told any probs, headaches=medication, can't breath=oxygen. Cameron said we would be eating desert cat tonight. I said, "you're joking?", he said, "no". Came up as I was telling, very lovely scottish couple about the snails/frogs legs I had in Paris. Said to Cameron on way back, "no desert cat, was looking forward to it". He laughed & said "thought we were having menu #5 but had #4 instead" lol. There was a dutch couple (very back seat 4wd), the scottish couple & their daughter in seats behind me, & myself in the front beside Cameron driving. Had the best seat for desert dunes! Cameron said the desert was windy, & usually they offer spicy & non-spicy, but tonight was special, also now includes sandy & non-sandy! Had toilet stop as would be 2hrs til next ones, including 1hr "fun" drive. Note to myself, don't look @ the sun again through car windows here, blinded! 5:30, in first part of desert, deflating tyres. I made a joke to Scottish couple (will hear on video if you get to watch. Does not do justice to 4wd ing, up hills, stareing straight down @ bottom from top, tilting & sliding to the side. I absolutly LOVE it!), do they have desert sickness tabs, lol as Scottish lady was filming, turned it off as starting to feel sick. I was fine but turned video off as couldn't hold on properly + about to head down very steep sloping, to the right-my side, descent. Bouncing everywhere @ the start & that wasn't the "fun" ride yet. Stopped to watch "Muffin" the falcon. Such a beautiful bird! Flies up to 300ks/hr! No wonder I only got a couple of her flying passed, but heaps with trainer before & after. Then off for next part, 1hr fun ride, mmmm..... Had the best time. Such an adrelain rush. Cameron said was nothing, only Sunday drive, pmsl. Well, not literally, as had toilet break ; ) Tried to take pics of 4wd's in front, opps, no such luck, got pics of dashboard as down we went, or sideways, of course always on my side, skidding/sliding down dunes, then up we go again. Started vid, Cameron knew I was flipping screen around, hellloooo, deliberate sharp right/sliding down dune, on my side! Is on vid, us all cracking up laughing @ him being smart ass, very funny. Stopped half way through to take pics with sun in background. Had some pics done which I purchased @ end of night. They, all of them tour guides, starting calling me Miss Sydney, said I am very photogenic, so beautiful, gorgeous smile.... Can understand if they were ones selling, but different company, so... Hey, I'll take the compliement. Was split between drivers, ours being Cameron, manager. Photo guys, camel guys, food & beverage guys & of course the hubbly bubbly guys. Oh, & henna painting ladies. Then back for more dune bashing. Stopped again for sunset (happens in mins. Prior stop, all beeping & shouting, "hurry up habibs, will miss sunset" lol!) & pics, then onto camp in middle of dessert. Did camel first (twice as 1st time took pics, 2nd time no camera, enjoyed ride through desert). Lol, tried to take a pic of me kneeling beside camel, he was sniffing my hair. Opps forgot to spray perfume in hair! ; ) Then held a falcon & had trainer take pics with my camera & also another which I bought. Also purchased one on camel. Guy said looks like I'm celebrating winning the race as have arm in air kind of yahoo'ing. Have on usb & cd so can post later. Then into another tent, dressed up in hajib, full face covered too, then uncovered, for pics, sitting on lounge, holding traditional tea tray in palm etc (purchased 5 of those ones. Guy gave me discount, then a further discout as I'm "Miss Sydney, so pretty!, only for me though". Yeah right!). Pics on screen looked good, print outs not so, colour is different. Hoping it was just their printer but have the usb & cd to check when get home. Then onto food. Sat on traditional pillows on rugs. Had starters, then onto mains, buffet style. Sooo yummy, with wine (& beer, softdrinks, etc), everything was included, apart from pics. Belly dancer then started just after finished dinner, so got my henna tatt done. 3/4 calf, right leg on right side of a flower (lasts 10-15 days). We were all sitting around make shift stage in U shape, with fairy lights in middle of dessert, sooo pretty & serene, well, until I had the hubbly bubbly & the wine kicked in. Had to wait 1/2 hr for henna to dry, so off to sit on pillows for HB, loved it! Told Cameron, "Sydney's & George's Cafe in Sydney have it but haven't tried it until now". He said "bet you'll now go". Me, "yep, will get friends together & go." Such a nice taste. Guy took it, added lit tabacco, got it going through pipe, put in new mouth piece for me & off I went. Photos sooo funny as i'm either sucking, or trying to time (camera counts down 5secs after touch til pic) blowing it out of nose & mouth. Took small vid too. Then all the lights went out & we got to look @ the stars. I, of course, lied back, as I had 2 cushions, to put head on other one. Sooo pretty, but by this stage I'm cracking up laughing. Not sure if it was from HB, pics trying to take with HB, one of the best days, wine, being overtied or all of the above. Then lights back on & off to look @ digi pics, purchased then headed back to Hotels. Talk about a crack up. Put pics purchase on Visa, as I'm trying to do with most things as earn 2 points for every $1, even in Aust. Guy had to run to top of sand dune to get reception with EFTPOS machine! Cameron was telling all of us that public hol tomorrow, long weekend, so everyone will be out tonight. Everything still open tomorrow, so all good. Under strict instructions from Cameron & others to get some sleep, they have no idea how I'm still going & with so much energy! I didn't even mention thought of going out, but too tired anyway. But lol, sitting in downstairs bar onto 3rd vodka & diet coke. Last drinks so ordered the 3rd. Was told, niteclub in hotel open until 3am. Nup, this little black ducks heading to bed after this, will then get about 8.5hrs sleep. Obv need to wash hair as camel didn't like the smell, lol. Hoping to do 12:15pm cruise tomorrow. Will ask reception to call for me in morning @ 8:30, ask prior to heading upstairs. Is different tour to Cameron's. Would love to come back here again, hopefully stop-over with Greece in 2yrs time. Cameron said I am more than welcome back! As I said I would do that dune safari again, had the best time. This & Sorrento are my major highlights. But, it comes down to the people & the experience. Btw, SITC was done where we were today & Mission Impossible 4 was just filmed, with Tom Cruise hanging off building like spider man, Cameron's words. Ok, heading upstairs now.

Posted by LisaNujin 14:00

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