Category Archives: Al Ain

Back to work

This past week was my first week back at work. It has been a relatively uneventful week, as students don’t start until 8 September. We got our class assignments, I am teaching grade 12 and 10 (English). Last year I … Continue reading

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Wine, Cupcakes and Books

Then end of the school year is just a week away. In fact, while America is getting ready to celebrate Independence Day I will be celebrating my own special day of independence: summer vacation! But, before I get too excited … Continue reading

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It is getting hot and I can’t sleep!

Summer has officially arrived in the UAE. It has been over 100 degrees every day for at least two weeks now, and that temperature lasts well past sundown. I have been doing some “beat the heat” activities. A few weekends … Continue reading

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Birds & Summer

Last year, when I was preparing to move to the UAE, I came across a blog that I found very helpful. Martin Fullard is the author of the blog, he has some great insights into the culture of the UAE … Continue reading

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Graduation Time

There has been a ton of drama with the grade 12 girls at our school surrounding the graduation ceremony. There are two cohorts of girls, the Academic strand and the Science strand. Basically, the Science strand students have high marks … Continue reading

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Surfing in the desert

As you may already know, the UAE has a goal of breaking all the records they can. The world’s tallest building? Check. The world’s longest air-conditioned sky bridge? Check. The world’s most expensive cell phone? Check. So, it should come … Continue reading

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A Cruise and a Desert Storm

This morning I tried to be strong, but my tear ducts just wouldn’t allow it. After two weeks of vacation with my parents, I said goodbye to them this morning. For whatever reason, saying “goodbye” or “see you soon” to … Continue reading

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The Old Souq

Today I joined the local tour group to visit the Old Souq in Al Ain town center. I wanted to learn a bit about it in order to take my parents when they are visiting. Here are a few pictures. … Continue reading

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Finally Legal

Back in August, a few days after arriving in the UAE, I went through some “in-processing” for my residency. This residency process includes a Resident Visa which is affixed to a page in my passport and an Emirates ID. The … Continue reading

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Desert Safari

Last night after work, I headed into the desert with my friend Ali for a little “desert safari” experience. Ali has made friends with the Emiratis who run this particular desert safari, having been out with other friends in the … Continue reading

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