Wednesday, 1 August 2018

July Round-Up

Long time, no blog post.

July was all sorts of busy but in a good way - I spent less time on my phone and in front of screens and some WhatsApp messages didn't receive replies for...oh, at least 4 hours. Highly unusual for me. I spent quite a lot of time watching the World Cup and hiding indoors from the 50 degree heat in Dubai, and finally braved the crazy roads here and almost enjoyed it.

1. Welcoming July with my Bando planner. Diary entries included: trips to Ras Al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong, farewell drinks (because #expatlife) and friends making brief appearances in the desert (as in stop-overs, not mirages).

2. On the beach in Ras Al Khaimah - spent a weekend exploring another Emirate and did the world's longest zipline which was less scary than me driving back to our hotel on a motorway for the first time ever and the hotter-than-bathwater sea. 

3. Breakfast at The Sum of Us is a weekly must when in Dubai. 

4. I got my haircut for the first time in months at Y12 Salon - highly recommend this chilled salon at the Ritz-Carlton, DIFC. Not quite sure what I'm doing with my hair currently - the urge to cut it all off sometimes surfaces...

5. The prettiest gins at BBs in DIFC. 

6. A weekend in Abu Dhabi where friends cooked up an American-inspired feast, I played N64 for the first time and spent a lot of time cuddling their three cats.

7. Bookclub discussions and a book that everyone loved! Would definitely recommend this one if you're living / working abroad or thinking about it.

8. Lunch at Peyote in DIFC to welcome a new colleague to my work team.

9. A week in Hong Kong staying with friends in their beautiful villa in Lantau. More on this when I get around to opening my laptop again... 

August sees a trip to London for two weddings, finally hosting a dinner party and taking part in a yoga challenge (weddings on two consecutive weekends surely need some stored-up zen?).



  1. Your hair looks so lovely in that photo.
    Enjoy your trip to London- it's not quite as hot as where you are but it's warmer than a normal summer!

    1. Definitely looking forward to cooler temperatures in the UK!

  2. The zip-line sounds intense but amazing!
    It's so hot in Britain but, like Maria said, not as hot as Dubai... I don't think i could stand it much hotter tbh.
    Those gins look awesome. As always, you make my life look super dull ;-)

    1. The gins were amazing! And these are definitely the highlights - most of July was spent indoors!

  3. Oh, you're hosting a dinner party? Sounds intriguing - I do hope you'll blog all about it - maybe you could ask your guests to rate your food a la Come Dine With Me? My July was all about football, garden parties, catch ups with old mates and a trip to St Albans for a Joe Lycett gig x

    1. I will do - we did fajitas which was super easy to put together! I went to school in St Albans but haven't visited for years, so many new restaurants there now!


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