Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Holiday photos of the land of sand

This photo is taken at the top of Burj Khalifa, the highest building in the far :) We were so hot by this time as we had walked from the metro station to the building in searing heat. Unbeknownst to us there was a bus that took us straight there. We learned the next time when we wanted to go to the Dubai Mall which is in the same area.
Outside the Wafi shopping mall

Dolphins following our boat in the Persian Gulf

Zara and I enjoying the cool wind through our hair as we ride the dhow boat through the fjords in Oman.

A stop for a bit of diving, swimming, snorkelling and floating

A fishing village in Oman that can only be accessed by boat.

Simon going native!

Enjoying a trip to the desert

What a view!

Zara and I riding on a "ship of the desert"

Zara enjoying the zip line at splashland...a good place to cool off in temperatures above 50 centigrade or 100+F

Cooling off in Ibn Battuta mall where each area is distinctly designed into countries/regions such as Egypt, China , Persia, India, Tunisia and Andalusia. It was fascinating to walk through.

This year Simon and I celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. We decided to mark this milestone by going to Dubai and visiting some friends that we knew from our Moody days. It was a wonderful holiday and these photos are only a fraction of the ones that we took. Over 700 if I remember rightly. We can bore you anytime if you come visit us. :)

Monday, 26 July 2010

We are back...

It has been a while since I have updated our blog. We have been on three weeks leave and travelled to Dubai to visit some friends. It was a fantastic holiday and I will upload some photos sometime this week. We just arrived back in Uganda yesterday so still trying to get readjusted to "normal" life again. We really appreciated the break we had and also catching up with old friends and making new ones.

Many of you will have probably heard on the bombings in Kampala which happened on the final of the world cup. Thankfully none of our staff were hurt in the blasts although one relative of a staff member was killed along with at least one friend of a staff member. Since arriving back in Uganda we have noticed a tightning up of security with cars being checked at the entrance to shops aswell as our bags being checked. This is also due to the African Union conference which is taking place this week in Kampala.

We have been asked to avoid busy places or any public gatherings until further notice. MAF Uganda continues to monitor the situation on a regular basis and keeps us up to date with what is happening. We are just being careful as to where we go shopping etc. Churches are also considered targets depending on their location and up till now it has been requested that people find an alternative church to attend during this time or stay at home. We will see what is advised this week.