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.
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.
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.