Saturday, March 13, 2010
Welcome to Dubai
So after a long and disorienting 15 hour flight through several times zones, we arrived in beautiful Dubai. Dubai looks strangely similar to LA so far. I really don't feel I am in a Middle Eastern country at all. Maybe tomorrow as we venture out. The flight was an adventure in itself, as we flew the famed Emirates Airlines, arguably the most luxurious of airlines. I have to say, flying coach was only slightly better than, say, Jet Blue.. next time I hope to splurge an extra couple thousand for the business class pods. (see right) Juggling the time change is going to prove difficult -- we ate breakfast on the plane and then landed shortly after in Dubai, where it was 7pm -- nothing a little exhaustion and a glass of wine can't cure. I'm off to test the method now, as it is nearly 2 am already. Also, Google and Facebook have somehow noticed I am in Dubai and switched the default language to Arabic on me and I am having trouble figuring out how to change it back.. a very neat feature unless Google is mistaken and you do not speak Arabic despite your location. THIS is where those two years of Persian language at UCI come in handy!