Every night at sunset a cannon goes off to mark sunset, of the end of the day’s fast. Likewise my last full day in Dubai went off with a bang. I think it’s fitting that I didn’t wake up in the same place I’m going to sleep tonight. This constant travel seems to be a theme of this summer as a whole. Looking back on Orientation, Family Vacation, and my countless travels here, I have surely experienced a lot.
Today was “Tour Abu Dhabi Day.” We started the day off early and headed to Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque; one of the biggest mosques in the world and home to the largest dome in any mosque anywhere. Needless to say it was beautiful. A huge courtyard of beautiful white marbell leads the way to an amazing entrance. Two large prayer rooms (one for men and women respectevly) frame a gigantic central space. The inerrior is home to one of the biggest chandeleres in the world and the biggest carped in the world. The space is incredible. It was great to see. What stool out to me was the wall that faces Mecca (it has a special name but I forget). This one was a bit special; as was every aspect of this holy place. It displayed every one of the 99 names for Ala. These include creator, the one, the light, truth…thing of that nature. For some reason it just spoke to me.
We then grabbed lunch and headed to the Palace Hotel, on the way taking pictures of the brillient downtown Abu Dhabi. (I lost track of when we were on a man made island, and when we were on land) We were stopped at the gate though; we were not allowed in because we had shorts on. It’s amazing how much religion and religious respect governs this country. Its almost nice; there are just no questions. Quite the opposite of separation of church and state.
After a drive home we relaxed and I began packing; always a bitter sweet ritual of travel. We had Chinese dinner in the Hotel and had sheesha outside. I cannot verbally discribe the view. Comfortable chairs. Foliage in the foreground with palms and other native (or not) foliage. In the background, the tallest building in the world; a landmark that has somehow become a routine sight. This monster was always my sort of “home base” during my time here. It was also the center piece of the amazing view from my “bedroom.” Somehow this has become routine, but tonight simply marveling at it’s wonder was relaxing. (It’s big, I don’t know how else to say)
I’m about to go to bed for the last time in Dubai (at least on this visit). This has truly been an unforgettable experiance. I can’t thank my Uncle Mark enough for the opportunity. It has been absolutely amazing. I’ll time travel again tomorrow (still am amazing though to me) and soon be home in St. Louis. It’s amazing how quickly sceneries can change like that; in a bang.
It’s nice to relax; and I have had time for that here which is good. I’m ready to be back in the States again. I’m ready to jump right in; start everything off with a bang.