After arriving from the US on January 5th, we decided it would be a good opportunity to do a 30 day “Dry” challenge…which, in turn, turned out to be a very productive month indeed. Our first weekend back we went bike riding on the Corniche and had a picnic breakfast floating on an Eco-Donut boat through the mangroves with our friends Jenn and Spence.
The next two weekends we were on road trips. We went to Al Ain to watch the Sinfónica de Galicia at an outdoor concert at the Al Jahili Fort and spent the night on Jebel Hafeet Mountain. The next morning we drove across the border to Oman for a little desert driving. The following weekend, we joined our friends Amanda and Laurie on a 2 night stay in Dibba, Oman. The boys would be spending their time on the Bear Grylls 24 hour survival academy while the girls would spend the weekend beaching and dhow cruising.
For our final weekend of the challenge, we took part in a yoga retreat here in Abu Dhabi. Four yoga and meditation sessions over the weekend to rejuvenate and relax. Our last yoga session was followed by breakfast with friends and then a massage to top it all off.
The challenge was complete on February 5th – to celebrate we went stand up paddle boarding for the first time and then spent the afternoon backyard barbequing at friends. Our challenge ended just in the nick of time before our next visitors arrived.