January Kickstart to 2019

Our 2019 kicked off with New Year’s Day at the beach and Dan trying out his new pasta maker before committing to our yearly January diet plan. We spent the first weekend in Dubai partaking in the annual Dubai Shopping Festival, running a 5km race in Cigna Park, and visiting Green Planet, an indoor rainforest attraction. We met up with some friends at Pier 7 before heading back to Abu Dhabi and watching the classic movie Dial M for Murder playing at Manarat Al Saadiyat. The following weekend Dan went out to the Liwa Desert for an overnight camping and desert driving trip.

Dan trying out the pasta maker

Cigna Park Run in Dubai

Burj Khalifa Light Show

The Green Planet Dubai

Pier 7

Liwa Desert Drive and Camping

The rest of the month was business as usual – working, apartment cleansing, dieting, and kicking up the workouts with a few runs and yoga classes. We did manage to check out the HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and enjoyed a BBQ in Khalifa Park with our friends grilling up some steaks and veggie burgers. We also joined an interesting walking tour of the city called Remote AD followed by dinner at the newly opened Al Hudayriat Island food trucks. Our friends Mark and Debbi were also visiting from London and we had a nice dinner with them at one of our favorite outdoor restaurants, the Belgian Beer Café. We finally managed to get over to Abu Dhabi Pottery to try our skills at pottery making.

ZSC Make a Wish Run

Post run coffee on Al Hudayriat

Abu Dhabi Pottery

Dinner at Belgian Beer Cafe

During the last week of the month, our friends Rene and Nadia spent the week at our place before transitioning back to Canada. We enjoyed having them stay with us and celebrated with a going away dinner at one of their favorite Italian restaurants, Villa Toscana, on February 1st with a few close friends. Rene and Nadia were actually the first people we met here (through a family connection) and we have many happy memories of our time with them.

Going away dinner

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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1 Response to January Kickstart to 2019

  1. Uncle Dale says:

    You’re setting the bar pretty high for January activities. Here it was wear high enough boots to keep the snow out and double the woolies. Their were no drinks on the patio. The pasta maker looks really cool. The January diet is certainly working for both of you.
    Bring on the next trip.

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