Vienna -> Dubai night flightSo the last post ended with half-drunk me getting on the plane. It was a 6 hour flight to Dubai and last night I've slept just 3 hours. Despite this, I was so scared and excited that I could not fall asleep. So I've asked a flight attendant for double coffee and took out my always-present journal and pen, started writing...and stopped after 6 hours :)
Dubai arrivalAround 7:30am (Dubai time), an Airbus with now already hangover me touched the runway. I could feel the crazy heat just in the tunnel connecting airport hall and the plane. And it was just 7:30! My head was hurting AF and I needed a water - urgently! From some reason, most of refreshment shops were closed. WTF? I just got out of the airport as soon as possible and took the first cab to "some shopping mall near Burj Khalifa".
The Dubai MallCab driver dropped me by the biggest shopping mall in the world. It was already 9:30 and me basically dying of thirst entered it expecting fireworks inside. But there was...nothing. I've done the whole circle in the mall and it took me probably more than an 1 hour - and saw maybe 10 people. At the end I asked a charwoman with completely dried out mouth "Where can I buy some bottled water?"...."No water sir, Ramadan Mubarak!"
Protein bar flying across toilet cabinsBecause I was starting a road to bodybuilding stardom those days (:D so stupid), I had some protein bars packed with me. As I've just learnt, people were just in the middle of their month of fasting so later in the day I locked myself in the toilet cabin and wanted to enjoy my nutritious bar without publicly violating local culture. As I was trying to open the package, bar suddenly fallen out. My natural reflex was to try to stop it with my foot, but I've never been good in soccer - so instead of lowering impact of the fall I've kicked that bar across several cabins to the left :D I've heard someone saying something in Arabic and I better quickly left the toilets.
I can just imagine those hungry fasting Arabs sitting on the toilet thinking what will they eat after the sunset when suddenly chocolate protein bar flies across their toilet cabin :DPicture source
Burj Khalifa and othersAfter protein bar experience, I've decided to better leave the mall. It was 47 Celsius degrees outside - I swear, check historical data. I took a cabin to just show me around the city and then eventually came back to the mall. Also, my phone died so I don't have many pictures. But Dubai is..crazy. I honestly didn't really like it much. It was just out of the world crazy city built in the middle of nowhere. I didn't feel any cultrure or history there, it was just plain modern craziness. But I have to admit that night Burj Khalifa and evening dancing fountain show were stunning!
As you can see, during evening dancing fountain show under Burj Khalifa, everyone was recording so I've decided that I can for sure find thousands videos online. So rather than recording I just enjoyed it 100% - meaning this video linked is not mine :)
Time to goAfter evening fountain show, it was time to return to the airport. You can read about unexpected events there, some journal entries from airplane and my arrival and cultural shock in Islamabad in post next weekend, because this is getting too long already :)
My experienceThose tree months were probably the most important 3 months of my life so far. I've realized many of true life's values, met AMAZING beautiful people, saw some real hard life stories and but also a georgous country and its culture. I've also understood what real islamic religion is about and how massively misinterpeted it is in the western world.
What I've learnt summarized in 10 picturesThese pics are going to be present as a footer in each post in this series because people usually don't read posts here on Steemit, so I hope at least these pictues will be able to spread my message effectively...
Now let's talk together about our difficult tough lives and our problems...
I hope that in these posts I'll be able to properly explain what I've experienced that summer so you all could get some value out of it.
Thanks for reading! Martin
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