Video from Dubai

Hi everyone! I know I wrote two posts already on Dubai, and I showered praises on the city, which I still do, of course, and I wanted to show this video of us in front of the Burj Khalifa, and tell the one sort of unfortunate experience!

I loved visiting, but it IS still an Islamic country, and so you really need to be respectful….don’t make out in public, don’t ever give the middle finger, don’t dress trashy….etc. Although I don’t like being told what to do, I don’t mind those things, but the hypocrisy is, in my opinion, that there is a lot of prostitution in Dubai. I feel like prostitution should be frowned upon as severely as making out in public……right???
And once again, as in Monaco, I was mistaken for a prostitute! What the HECK! I’m guessing it’s because I’m very blonde, I usually wear red lipstick, and although in the US, I look like a typical blonde girl from the South, in Europe, I seem to have a Russian prostitute look!
So, we finished dinner downtown and we were going to walk around and walk over to the Burj Khalifa. We walked down to the Main Street from the restaurant and Dragan decided he should use the restroom so he ran back up to the restaurant, which was located in a très chic hôtel. Here’s where I can be a little dumb. Having lived alone in NYC for so long, I often think of myself invincible (I only get scared at night if I’m in the country) so I said I wanted to stand on the corner and keep looking around. So. I’m standing on a busy road…..on the corner…..by myself…..at 10pm in Dubai…..idiot.
Then a Range Rover pulls up with an Emirate in the driver seat. He rolls down the window, and I kid you not, says, “hello lady. Are you looking for someone to go to the hotel with? Would you like to go with me?”. Here I became nervous, because although Dubai is liberal, the Emirates can do whatever they want (from what I hear) and if a woman gets raped, SHE can go to prison. What to do……what to do……
So I said, “Oh. Thank you very much for that offer sir. I’m an American and waiting for my husband who is coming right back. Thank you again!”. He smiled, nodded and drove off and I walked myself quickly (very quickly!) straight back up to the hotel where said man was pulling up…..and stood by the doorman and stared straight ahead waiting for Dragan to walk out!!!
From what I’m told, I get mistaken as a prostitute when I’m dressed up nicely because here in Europe and in Dubai I guess, Russian prostitutes make a lot a lot a lot of money and are very well presented, and often you can’t pick them out. I am so naive!!!!

So that is my one story that made me think, “Sarah…..just remember, when traveling, to remember where you are in the world”.

Then we walked to the Burj Khalifa and shot this little video……enjoy!!!

Visiting Dubai……Part II

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I’ve been trying to think of how I could describe my first trip to Dubai. Before going, I felt nervous, yet excited, but mostly uncertain, as I couldn’t comprehend what it would be like actually going to that part of the world. I will start by saying I Loved it 100%, I felt very safe, and was absolutely surprised at how familiar it felt.

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Dubai Part 1

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We arrived in Dubai late Thursday night and it has been fantastic as the moment we stepped into the hotel, we have been treated like royalty. I guess this is the way in Dubai, as service is unparalleled. Checking in at 2am, we were brought fresh passion fruit juice and hand towels as we waited in the lobby and had a staff of 4 looking after us. Our first day, we were quite lazy and spent the day sleeping in then lounging at he beach. The only unfortunate event is that there is a sandstorm this weekend. Dubai has a sandstorm once or twice a year as the season changes, and it is disappointing as we can’t see too much. We are here for Work though, and it is warm,so I can’t complain too much.

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Last night we went to a dinner party at a house belonging to an associate of Dragan’s, and wow, it was a treat. They have a villa on Palm Dubai with a pool and their own private beach, and it was laid back and exquisite at the same time. I met some great girls, and three were from Geneva…..small world……and I was able to wear my red Hervé Léger dress that I’ve been waiting to wear for a year. We were overdressed but I didn’t care. 🙂

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Today we are taking it easy again as there was a fire last night in Dubai that makes us not want to go to the Marina. I believe we are going to Atlantis now and we have dinner with more people tonight. I hope the sand clears some so we can get some more experiences and pictures to share with you all! For those who are wondering, Dubai is super safe, and did you know, only local consist of only 11% of Dubai’s population. The rest are expatriates. It’s crazy! It feels a bit like Miami, mixed with Las Vegas, mixes with Disney World, and you lack for nothing. Follow me on Instagram for updated pics!! ❤️❤️❤️

Winter Run

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Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a good start to your weeks……:-)  Last night we received a good deal of snow, and I awoke to a very beautiful postcard setting outside my window. I have my puppy waking me VERY early these days with a loud bark (which I’m not pleased about) so I was feeling pretty lethargic most of the morning, having woken up to feed, play with and walk the beast, until he was tired enough to relax.( Read more

The Double Coat in DC

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I love Washington DC. I’ve actually visited there twice in 2014 and each time I go, I’m convinced I could live there. The first visit was with Dragan on a layover from Geneva to Columbus in July and this last visit was to spend 3 wonderful nights with my best friend from college, Christi-Anna, that I hadn’t seen for years, since she visited me in NYC. I love Christi-Anna because our lives have taken very different directions, but every time we see each other, we are college girls again…..laughing our heads off and talking so much we don’t actually get anything accomplished.  I hope she can visit me here b/c we are so loud, I just can already picture the looks we will get. Haha.( Read more

Strolling along St Prex…..

One of the most difficult things to deal with when moving to a foreign country, is the difficulty of making friends. Not just people to grab a coffee with and talk the basics, but a real friend that you can laugh and be silly around and just be comfortable around. At least for me, this is very important. I’ve made a few of these friends that I’m incredibly grateful to know, and most recently I’ve met a girl who is going through the exact same transition as me……it feels like I’ve known her a long time. Great!( Read more

Pretty in Pink Day in Geneva with Jasper!

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Hello everyone!

Today was the last of our lazy days as Dragan goes back to work tomorrow. We didn’t want to do much, so after Almond Croissants, I made myself go for a run with my friend Miriana and then we decided to head into Geneva. We wanted Starbucks and today was a lovely day for it, with temperatures in the high 50’s and the sun shining overhead! ( Read more

A look Back…..

Happy New Year’s to all my friends who stumble upon and choose to read this blog of mine. I’ve been rather lazy when it comes to writing, as it was my first Holiday season spent away from America and I just wanted to experience the days as they came.

We met Dragan’s family in Annecy, France on the 23rd, and I will post about that next, but then we spent the next 3 nights where Dragan grew up in Bellegarde, France.( Read more