Can I wear these shoes?


Dubai here I come again. Yes it has only been two weeks since my last visit, but man I loved you so much I had to come back. Well seriously I did like it, but regardless of that I still would have come back when I only paid $300 for a roundtrip ticket back in November.

Funny enough I can be a terrible planner, when it comes to activities related to a non work trip and as I sit here on the airplane heading to Washington Dulles from LAX to catch my connection to Dubai I really have no idea what I’m going to do with my 1/2 day there. Last time as you may recall I went Malling (is that even a word) and visited the base of the worlds tallest building the Burj Kahlifa as well as Metroed around the city a bit.

For this trip I had grand intentions of going to high tea at the Burj Al Dubai, the iconic sail hotel sitting on the gulf. And it’s possible I might actually do that but I got lazy and didn’t make a reservation, which is a must. You can’t even get on property without a room or meal reservation. Besides that, I can’t really do high tea, because it’s at a set time and I won’t be in Dubai yet. But they do offer an evening tea in their lobby restaurant and I was thinking about that as an alternate, but since it was not in the Sky Bar, and is marketed as an evening high tea with cocktails and appetizers, I just can’t get too interested. Oh yeah and you have to dress business casual so that means slacks, collared shirt and dress shoes. They specifically say no trainers or running shoes. So I think these are out of the question, and to have to cart nice shoes half way around the world for tea, seriously. Remember I said I was lazy. Maybe during my lay over tonight in Dulles I’ll be motivated to book the tea, or I’ll get on the ball and book it for my third and final trip next month. Regardless of the location, I hear it’s a really fun thing to do and the hotel although a sort of tourist trap is really beautiful and worth the time.

So what should I do? Who flys half way around the world with no plans spends two nights on airplanes just to show up in a foreign country with zero agenda. This guy!! I know sounds kind of silly. But like I said earlier, I can be a terrible planner, usually for me it’s getting there that gets my juices flowing it’s not the destination per se. Don’t get me wrong there have been many vacations and activities that will forever leave a mark on me, like the Great Barrier Reef, Bali, Dachau, Ground Zero and Oktoberfest. But for most trips I’m just if not more jazzed about getting there then being there.

So when I think about my soon to be here half day in Dubai, I’m still wondering what I’m going to do here. Anyone have any suggestions? Please hurry though, because tomorrow will be here before you know it.

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