Wordless Wednesday: Cold beer, anyone?

How they do it in the snow 🙂

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Week 10 – Bah humbug

I’m really starting to feel the pressure of finding (new) things to do each week… life has this funny way of becoming ‘routine’, and when you throw in there all the studying I’m trying to get done during the week, while still allowing myself some sliver of a social life – well, there just isn’t much time / energy / motivation / excitement about doing ‘new’ things each week. Lying on the couch and watching mindless repeats of Friends is my ideal way of spending any free time that is not taken up by studying, going out for the usual weekend drinks, or just enjoying some chill time with J (and he really dislikes Friends so this has to be done on my own… I know, right?! Who dislikes Friends???) 😉

Anyway, with all that rambling aside, what I’m trying to get at is that this past week has left very little in the eyes of ‘something new’, so I’m gonna stretch things out a little here…

Dave went to a housewarming party with me on Friday night – a party where we had live music from a local well-known Irish dude – and this was the first time that Dave had been around this music, and he even got to play the guitar… so that’s new, right, even if it’s not entirely new for me?!

Week 6 – RAK staycation

A while ago I booked a hotel for the RAK half marathon, as one does otherwise they fill up super fast. I decided to book it for the whole weekend so that J and I could enjoy a whole weekend there and make a bit of a staycation out of it after the race.

Then my plans were shattered when I was told NO RUNNING 😦 , but I was not going to let that stop me enjoying a weekend away from Dubai… so we still headed out to RAK for the weekend! Off to Double Tree Hilton Ras al Khaimah we went!

As miserable as I was that I wasn’t there to be racing the next morning, it was actually really enjoyable knowing that I could enjoy a beer (or two) with dinner, and not particularly worry about what time I went to bed… which meant that we sat around enjoying a lazy evening 🙂

Nighttime view from the rooftop bar

Friday morning was up a tad early so that we could head out to the race and watch. It was a great morning out (albeit I was a bit emotional and miserable that I wasn’t running). There was some amazing running on the morning, and it was great being able to support friends and team mates!

RAK half marathon finish line

After that we headed back to the hotel. We thought about finding something to do for the afternoon – maybe being tourists or something – but in the end we both thought that a nice relaxed day would be much more fun. And so we just chilled around the pool and did very little else!

Full rooftop view

But in order to make it so that we weren’t total hermits, we did actually leave the hotel that evening and went and had dinner at the Double Tree Hilton Marjan Island 🙂

All in all a great little break and weekend out of Dubai – both Double Tree hotels were great and I would definitely recommend both of them, depending on your budget and needs.

And just a little something extra for this week: I watched my first-ever superbowl on Sunday night (er, make that Monday morning, 4am!)

The Superbowl!

What fun it was meeting up with friends at a pub in Dubai at 4am, cheekily enjoying a beer, and then some McDonald’s for breakfast! And at least the team I was told to support won, so it made for a really fun morning out 🙂