Wow. What a week.
Watching the election and the social media hysteria that followed was quite the emotional experience. I feel like so much has already been said and I'd rather not add even more to the online firestorm of words, but I'd like to reflect a little bit while it's still fresh in my mind, hopefully without being too controversial.
|Low-quality pic of Dubai buildings taken through a bus window haha|
We had a Diwali celebration (better late than never) which was really fun to watch. Bollywood songs and incredible dance performances, Indian food, decorations, henna, and more courtesy of the South Asian community on campus. I wish I would have gotten pictures of the dances but I only took videos, so can't include them here.
I went to Saadiyat Beach this morning. It's the closest beach to campus, but it was actually my first time going there since it requires a 25 dirham admission fee and normally it's just easier to go to the free Corniche Beach instead. I'm glad I went, though. The weather was perfect and swimming in the waves was so relaxing.
I finished the week with a church activity: a talent show/ social night for the single adults in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi. Dinner, games, and dancing were nice and it was fun to see the church building in Dubai. The demographic of the single adults at church here is probably about 90% Filipino expats, and I'm happy to be welcomed so much by them- it's a different feel than church social activities in the states but I really love it. A weird/surreal moment for me happened when, during the dance, the song "Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus came on and then it took me a minute to realize that every other time I've ever listened to that song, I've been in the U.S.A, but not this time... eventually everyone who was singing along ended up changing the lyrics to "Party in the U.A.E." and it was pretty great.
Anyway, that's all for now and hopefully I'll have more to write next week.
Goodnight from Saadiyat Island,
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