The problem with three people going on holidays with cameras and smart phones is that there are too many photos to sort through! And I can’t throw out a bad photo if it’s attached to a memory… #ihaveLOTSofphotos
But finally, here is a very SMALL portion of the photos taken while we were in the United Arab Emirates, as a part of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival. (See previous post for pictures from the festival.)
Strolling around Khalid Lagoon, including the Blue Souk. (Most people didn’t do this in the middle of the day. #weworehats #itwasstillhot) Between the sky, water and architecture, there’s a lot of blue in Sharjah, giving it a very tranquil appearance.
The Sharjah Heritage Days Festival runs for 3 weeks in April – and I would definitely recommend it! (I still wish we’d had longer.) Holding a falcon. … awe. The music and traditional dancing … so very beautiful! There were all sorts of interactive, working displays capturing Sharjah’s rich heritage days. It’s a free event with so much to see and do – and food stalls available, so you can make an evening of it!
Again – most people wouldn’t do the desert in the middle of the day, but evening presentations meant I couldn’t do the sunset tour organised for the group, so US author Kate Messner organised a special trip – and it was super-special to have the desert to ourselves … along with the camels!! (My hubby and son went with the sunset group tour, and whilst the evening meal and entertainment was quite spectacular, they saw hundreds of Landcruisers dune-bashing at the same time – and didn’t visit the camel farm.)
The real significance of these photos, is that I am scared of cows and horses – and grumpy camels at the Show … but look at me here! I surprised myself, up close and personal with all those camels. (I have no idea what happened! Maybe it was the heat…) But I was so brave – and they were the sweetest things.
Did I say scared? There are (atleast) three things I’m scared of; big spiders, cows and … heights! I cannot will not ride on a Ferris wheel – but nor could I go to Dubai and not go up the world’s tallest building. It was just something I had to do… (I’d done the Empire State Building as a teenager…) If we didn’t talk about it, I’d be fine. Truly, it was not that bad. (If you don’t look down. Or if someone doesn’t put their hand/phone/camera out the little gaps. That was swoon-freaky!) I have a gazillion photos to prove I did it – but here are just a few. (My Shadow is one of my faves!)
I got back to the Festival mighty-chuffed about our adventure up the Burj – to have my two lovely helpers inform me that The Frame was even better, and much cheaper. We had one free day before we left – and we had planned to head in and see Dubai by night – so we added The Frame to the list… (There is also a zipline in Dubai… but it was NEVER going on my list!! #justsaying)
The Burj stands 829m – though we ‘only’ went up 456m. 150m would be nothing… or so I thought! The Frame has a glass floor – and standing on that was waaaaaay outside my comfort zone. These photos don’t even HINT at the fear that somersaults your heart when you catch even a glimpse of the ground waaay way down through that glass floor. (There are pics that do show it – but I have too much dignity to share them here. :D) Be assured that whilst I was persuaded onto the glass, I was ‘not looking’. And not at all relaxed! But I had to get those photos for proof – so whilst my head was down, my eyes were everywhere except down. (Very often closed!)
If you look closely at the ‘feet’ photo (bottom right) you will see people near the shoe/blue water feature. Yes – that tiny speck is a group of people! You will also see cars in the carpark… just to put things in perspective.
I haven’t cured my fear of heights – but I did do some amazing things in Sharjah and Dubai!
See that peak of the Burj (with me) in The Frame collage above? That was our next stop, to see the aquarium, night light show and dancing fountain… Having been caught in a taxi in peak-hour traffic the previous day, we thought we’d get ourselves onto the main road before hailing a cab, and save us some dirhams. But part way along, it looked like the Burj wasn’t that far at all… that we were almost there… and if it wasn’t the next block, it was the one after it… And two hours later, we actually were there! I guess that’s the thing with a very tall building – looks can be deceiving. (I suspect there aren’t too many people who can say they’ve walked from the Frame to the Burj – more than 7km!! 😑 )
Thus far I’ve had two poems come from my travels. One is about camels, written in 5mins as I was dropping off to sleep – then tweaked for a day, shaping it to my satisfaction. I’m hoping to sub both poems for publication, so I can’t share them here. But I can share this writing prompt pic. ☛
What’s your caption … or poem? Feel free to share in the comments. Here’s mine;
You got writing fodder?
This post is light on poetry – but you can read heaps more at the Poetry Friday link-up, hosted by Brenda at Friendly Fairytales. Rumour has it Matt Forrest Esenwine will be including a link to his reading of our fresh-picked Progressive Poem, Poet’s Jasmine; Blooming Lovely.
You can also pop over to the Team-Imperfect blog, where I’m featured with my mini mistake-maker poem resulting in a food we all love – lightly salted with a little Aussie slang.