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This is the Zodiac Speaking

This past July I traveled to California.  California is a place I’ve always wanted to visit.  I had no trouble planning this trip as there were so many places I knew I wanted to go.   Due to high taxes on airfare in Canada, it is much cheaper for Canadians to cross the border and fly within America.  From Toronto there is a bus which goes directly to the Buffalo airport, with a one way ticket costing less than $20.  It is a pretty easy ride and they are very efficient at the border.  From Buffalo we flew to San Francisco with a layover in Minneapolis-St. Paul.  MSP has…

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

My last day I spent by myself at my cousins rooftop pool.  I purchased this journal in the Mall of the Emirates from the Japanese store, Muji (which I’m excited to hear is coming to Toronto).  I’m a hoarder of stationery in general, so of course I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to personalize my own journal.  The journal comes completely blank, no cover and un-ruled pages.  After you purchase it, there is a stamping table at Muji where you can design whatever cover you can imagine (with the stamps provided).  There are other things available as well, such as canvas bags and greeting cards which…

Urban Exploring in the Middle East

My cousin and I hadn’t planned anything specific for my second last day in the UAE.  I knew I had wanted to see a bit more of the geography, including their tallest mountain, Jebel Hafeet (jebel is the arabic word for mountain).  My cousin’s boyfriend had a travel book listing a few excursion sort day trips in the area.  We went first to Al Ain, a city within Abu Dhabi to this archaeological garden.  I love seeing pieces of history and archaeology.  I often fantasize about life in other times and places.  Having the opportunity to see remnants of those…

Dubai

After our night out in Dubai my cousin took me to see some of the important landmarks Dubai has on offer.  We went first to Mall of the Emirates where we had a modest breakfast at Paul’s.  The main reason though was to see Ski Dubai.  Yes, the mall has an actual ski slope in it.  The slope itself is small and uneventful, though it’s equipped with a chairlift and a tubing center for children.  No doubt, the main thrill comes from the novelty of skiing indoors, in the desert none the less.  It is surreal to look through the…

A Night Out in Dubai

What I Wore: Top: Vintage Jeans: Second Yoga Sandals: Miss Selfridge On my fourth day in the UAE we lounged by the pool of the Tilal Liwa hotel resort all morning until check out.  After some good relaxation by the pool we were rejuvenated enough to face the city of Dubai.  The above picture is in front of a camel farm in the Liwa desert.  There was a nearby camel race track. Try not to cringe, we went to McDonalds.  We had just entered into Dubai and had been on the road for several hours, you’ve been there, don’t judge.  Besides, I…