Irony. I publicly declared that I was taking a Facebook break so that I could focus on firmly planting both feet here in the UAE. I shared my 21st century affliction of longing to share unique stories and events from our life here with my social media network, but affirmed that my experiences would be just as valuable, even if the Facebook world never heard about them. The very next day, I ended up meeting Sheik Sultan bin Zayad in front of the victorious beauty pageant camels who were being doused in saffron at the Sweihan Camel Festival. C’mon.
This is kind of how my thoughts progressed throughout the day:
1.How the heck did we get ourselves into this crazy, awesome situation?
2. I can’t believe I can’t share this on Facebook.
3. Isn’t is just like God to give me this uniquely beautiful, surreal, middle-eastern experience, right after I committed to taking my mind off of what we left behind and focusing solely on what we have to enjoy here?
I’m not sure I can articulate how touching this day was for me. As we drove home, my heart was full, and I realized it was for a few reasons. First of all, we were extended such warm hospitality by every local we encountered, and were honored to meet Sheik Sultan.
Secondly, I had been dying for some face time with camels, who have still not lost their cute factor to me, and we were up close and personal with some real beauties.
And mostly, this was such an authentic and uniquely Arabic experience, which is one of the things I most want from our time in the UAE. I’m so grateful for every chance I get to soak up the beauty and richness of a culture very different from my own.