Wednesday, June 4, 2014

[ one week! ]

I CAN'T believe that we've only got one week left here in Dubai! Time is flying by and we'll be boarding the plane in no time. It's incredible how many odds and ends there are to wrap up ~ hours spent sitting in utility, municipal offices and banks to make sure that everything is closed off properly, money is wired home, letters obtained stating you owe nothing, etc. I thought arriving here was complicated but leaving is just as involved.

Amongst all this running around, it's given me plenty of time to dream about some of the little things I'm looking forward to back in Canada...

1. Normal street addresses ~ buildings with numbers, streets with names, giving and getting directions without having to think of a landmark

2. A decent hotdog, real bacon, good pizza with real pepperoni

3. No more bad B.O.

4. Walking through a mall without the heavy stench of incense burning through the corridor or people trying to spray you with perfume from every storefront

5. Target and Walmart ~ silly how you take these things for granted until you don't have them

6. Fresh fruit and vegetables that don't require a mortgage and stay fresh for longer than an hour

7. Shopping in a store without a clerk following 2 paces behind

8. No more converting dirhams to dollars in my head

9. A postal system that works and will actually deliver a package to me and not disappear

10. Customer service ~ whether in person or on the phone, someone who understands what I'm saying and can actually provide an answer  

11. Normal driving ~ no one riding your bumper and flashing their lights for you to move, or backing up on the highway because they've missed their exit, or driving in the middle of 2 lanes

12. Being in the same time zone as our friends and family

13. Nature ~ breathing fresh air, the smell of grass, trees, 4 seasons, even a thunderstorm

14. Friendly people ~ a smile from a stranger

It's certainly the little things that make all the difference. And in seven days, my dreams will all come true.



Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I'm so excited for you!!!

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said...

This list had me laughing - it IS the little things that matter! Hope you find yourself enjoying a summer day at the park, maybe with hotdog in hand, pretty soon!

Formerly known as Frau said...

OMG...this working full time has kept me from reading blogs ! I'm so excited for you to move home....It will be nice to be by family and friends again and all things familiar. I hope you find a home as beautiful as the one you had!! Safe travels and Yay to being where there are four seasons and no sand storms!

Vintage Home said...

so very excited for your return HOME! travels. And joy to be with familiar friends and family!
I so look forward to your posts of things to come.And I am so happy you have had this adventure and experience!
Welcome home!

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos Home said...

Good luck with all the odds and ends! So excited for you to enjoy all the things you've been missing, like Target! I'm sure my husband wishes we'd move somewhere that didn't have one of those :)


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