Welcome Home

I arrived back to Abu Dhabi early in the morning on Sunday, October 1st where Dan greeted me at the airport before dropping me off as he headed into work. I had a quick rest and then started to unpack and get settled. The next day, I returned to work (ironically 1 day before my proposed official start date in Berlin). Knowing my colleagues and keeping in touch over the past year helped to make a quick transition as did Dan’s cocktails and cooking. On Friday, we met our friends for a Welcome Back Party on Nurai Island where we spent the day beaching and brunching. We had wanted to visit the island for a long time and this worked out to be the perfect occasion.

Nurai Brunch

Post-brunch shenanigans

The next day, we headed up to Dubai as a friend from Air Berlin was vacationing there. We met Camilla and her friend for lunch down at the Marina, strolled the Marina Walk, grabbed a Turkish ice cream and caught a glimpse of the incomplete, World’s tallest Ferris wheel, the Dubai Eye, being constructed across the water. It was great catching up with someone from Berlin so soon after departing.

Dubai Marina

Thanksgiving was also soon upon us and with being alone last year, we decided to host a scrumptious “Friendsgiving” dinner. We found a relatively small turkey, and served it with stuffing, corn, cranberries, mashed potatoes with gravy and pumpkin pie accompanied with some wine I had brought back from Germany. All in all, a great welcome home to Abu Dhabi shared with Dan and our network of friends.


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 is designed to update our friends and family back home about where we are and what we are up to, as well as to share our adventure with others.
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2 Responses to Welcome Home

  1. Uncle Dale says:

    Glad things worked out so well Rebecca. We’ve had Thanksgiving in Europe a couple of times and finding all the stuff for a real Thanksgiving dinner isn’t always easy. Looks like you folks were really successful getting yours together.

  2. Carole Slobodzian says:

    I know one thing for sure You two are never bored!!!

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