The 2019 Ramadan season began on May 6th and lasted for 29 days. This means fasting for some, reduced working hours, iftar dinners after sunset, and all around it is a relatively quiet time in the city. We kept our fitness up by attending the last yoga outdoor session of the season, moved indoors after that to Bodytree studio, and attended a string of classes called Sweat. Socially, we attended the annual Oilman’s golf tournament and dinner party, a few iftar dinners with friends and colleagues, a bike ride and picnic iftar on the Corniche, and drinks at BU! on their closing night. We also managed to squeeze in a couple of visits to the beach and pool as the weather was still tolerable. We celebrated Dan’s 7 year work-iversary and, as per tradition, found a new steak joint called Nusr-Et.
I also managed to sneak in a weekend getaway to visit my friend Jami in Munich. She was travelling through Europe with Mark, their 1-year old daughter, and Mark’s dad and step-mom. I couldn’t commit initially but checked the flight loads on Wednesday evening and was flying from Dubai to Munich on the afternoon of Thursday, May 16th. Good thing Jami understands the last-minute airline travel! Dan drove me up to Dubai and spent the night checking out the La Mer area and then met up with his friends the next morning for another off-roading adventure. This time on 2 wheels instead of 4.
Jami picked me up from the airport and we drove out to Grunwald where they had rented an Airbnb. Not knowing what to expect, I brought Dan’s single air mattress in case I had to sleep on the floor, but luckily for me there was an extra bed in the living room. I met everyone for the first time, including Jami’s fiancé Mark (he had popped the question during their travels), and we relaxed over a glass of wine before hitting the hay.
The next morning, we walked into town to grab some breaky and then all hopped on the train into Munich city centre. We arrived just in time to catch the 11:00 glockenspiel show in Marienplatz and then went to Hofbrauhaus to catch a bite of lunch. After filling up on beer, bratwurst, and sauerkraut, we wandered through Viktualienmarkt which has been selling groceries since 1807. We picked up a few things for a home-cooked dinner back at the flat. We then headed back to Grunwald and stopped at the wine shop to pick up some local German wines for dinner. It was a beautiful day so we decided to pop a bottle champagne to celebrate Jami and Mark’s recent engagement on the back deck. That night, the girls were in the kitchen cooking up a lovely meal of pasta stuffed with the in season spargel (i.e. white asparagus) and weisswurst, a Bavarian specialty. The next morning, Jami and I grabbed a coffee and then she drove me over to the train station. It was a short trip but totally worth it to see a long-time friend.