Dry January

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.

Dan bike riding

Nice morning for a bike ride

Eco-Donut Boats on the Mangroves

Eco-Donut Boats on the Mangroves

Picnic Brunch with Friends

Picnic breaky with friends

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.

Concert at Jahili Fort

Concert at Al Jahili Fort

Dhow Boats in the Harbour

Dhow Boats in the Harbour

Cruising in Oman

Cruising in Oman

From left: Laurie, Dan, and 10 other slightly insane individuals

From left: Laurie, Dan, and 10 other slightly insane individuals

Dan survived Bear Grylls

Dan survived Bear Grylls

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.

Yoga Retreat

Yoga Retreat

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.


About rrettenmier

In September 2010, Dan and I received working visas for the United Kingdom. We sold our condo, quit our jobs and packed our bags to move to London. This blog (though a few months late) is designed to update our friends and family back home about where we are and what we are up to.
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5 Responses to Dry January

  1. Judy Erickson says:

    I know who your next visitors were going to be so its a good thing you went for a dry January!!!!! Good on you guys!!

  2. Uncle Dale says:

    My comment yesterday must have been banned. I said “Who are you kidding. A dry January? Here that means no sweat. I had that too but I don’t think you could have done that with all that activity.”

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