So, part of what makes a great trip for me is including experiences that reflect my interests and passions. On this first trip to Paris, this meant tea, opera, shopping, and Josephine Baker. The tea experiences will be shared in a separate post. Here’s highlights from the others.
I toured the legendary, historic Opera Garnier:
Attending a show at The Folies Bergere was one of the best experiences of my trip.
The shopping alone makes Paris worth the trip. I went in mid-July and sales were everywhere! I thoroughly enjoyed shopping at the high temple of Parisian department stores, Galeries Lafayette.
I didn’t fall in love. For most of my life, I dreamed of going to Paris and I expected to fall in love with that legendary city…but I didn’t. Nevertheless, Paris was a good idea! I shopped. I ate. I shopped. I toured. I shopped some more. It is definitely a “bucket list” experience. So, while I didn’t fall in love, Paris and I definitely became dear friends, and I will certainly return. Here, a few of the Paris classics…
Hi, my name is Patricia. I lived and worked in Abu Dhabi for three years. During that time, I had a vast array of experiences ranging from horrifying to blissful. And, yes, many of these experiences were at work! Each environment and experience will be different, however, here are a few things that helped me throughout my expat adventure!
- Know Yourself: Know your strengths and weaknesses, and your limits. Know what you can and cannot bear. Don’t allow anyone or any situation to push you to the point of no return. Take care of YOU, first.
- Know Your purpose: Stay focused on your goals, whether they are financial or personal. That will be the one thing that will keep you from losing your mind when things get crazy. If you don’t have goals, get some! Otherwise, you won’t make it.
- Be Open Minded: Learn the culture. Be willing to learn about the people you will be serving and living among. The more open you are, the easier the transition.
- Forget What You Know: Put aside everything you did at home; things work differently here. Change is constant. You need to be flexible and go with the flow.
- Build Relationships: Try to establish good work relationships with your fellow English and Arabic colleagues. If you show yourself friendly, and willing to learn and share, it will pay off well. Working collaboratively with my Arabic colleagues helped me greatly with discipline and communicating with parents.
- Seek Solutions: If you happen to find yourself in a negative situation, take care of YOU and seek resolution. Pursue solutions through your organization’s procedures. Don’t allow negative feelings and situations to linger; it can be bad for your physical and mental health.
With that I say: Welcome to Abu Dhabi!
It’s May. The time of year when teachers start to get crispy around the edges. So when my friends suggested a trip to Jordan, I was all in! We had an absolutely awesome time. There was map reading, insane driving, getting lost, lots of laughter, and amazing awe inspiring sites! And the men…Jordanian men are some kind of special! If only we had more time. Jordan was balm for my tired soul. We shall return. In the meantime, here are some highlights.
Petra, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, is a city carved into beautiful, rose hued stone.
Mount Nebo is the site where God revealed The Promise Land to Moses. It is absolutely spectacular! These pictures cannot do it justice.
Based on historical records, Bethany by the Jordan is believed to be the site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.
The Emirates Palace is the premiere venue in Abu Dhabi. It features a theatre, in addition to 7 star accommodations and dining. This April, I spent several Fridays enjoying events at the Palace. Here’s a recap!
Abu Dhabi Classics presents
Orchestre de Paris
Abu Dhabi Classics presents The Little Prince Musical in concert featuring narration by Hugh Grant
JS Entertainment presents White Out at the Emirates Palace
It was a fabulous month!!
I’m not the kind of person who waits for other people to give me flowers. However, the flowers I give myself are usually the supermarket variety. Recently, thanks to Groupon, I was able to treat myself to an arrangement from the florist for the cost of my usual supermarket bouquet. I got to choose the flowers I wanted and they opened up beautifully! Every once in a while you should definitely treat yourself to fresh flowers from a florist.
Have you ever tried one of those salt or sugar body scrubs? I have and the results were underwhelming. But I’ve figured out the problem…you’re supposed to have someone apply it! I recently had the citrus body scrub at Maven Spa. It was their March special so the price was right! It was part massage, part hammam, and totally bliss. I walked out feeling relaxed,
with skin like a baby’s bottom. Every now and then, treat yourself to a body scrub at your local spa.
Day 3 in Singapore and I finally made it out my hotel room. I’ve been sick as a dog with a bad cold. These past two days have reinforced my belief in booking a good hotel with a great bed. This bed, at Big Hotel, has been such a comfort to me.
So this is probably sounding like deja vu…Singapore, Big Hotel. But, I could think of no better way to spend Easter than back at New Creation Church. So I’m in Singapore again.
Now, after two days in bed, I finally ventured out to the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Little India.