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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.

2019 Year in Review

The numbers are in for 2019. Overall, we saw a reduction in site traffic with views down by 26% from the prior year along with corresponding decreases in visitors, likes and comments. That being said, we did have the lowest … Continue reading

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Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Our friends Jennifer and Steven visited us in late November 2019 to partake in the final Formula 1 race of the season. They were traveling to the UK from Canada and squeezed in a short trip to Abu Dhabi in … Continue reading

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Entering Another Era

We had two more milestones to celebrate in 2019…we were both turning Forty. Not only in the same year but in the same month! We returned together from Canada on November 6th and my birthday weekend was only a few … Continue reading

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A Stay on the Zambezi River

After departing Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, our road transfer picked us up from the Victoria Falls Hotel to take us to our next destination on the Zambezi River in Zambia. The place we were staying was called Tongabezi and was … Continue reading

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10th Anniversary Celebrations

We had a great weekend planned to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. After work on Thursday, July 25th, Dan and I met at the newly opened Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort. We toured the hotel and watched the falcon show. … Continue reading

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70th Birthday Bash

When we were back in Canada in March earlier this year I asked my mom what she wanted to do for her upcoming milestone 70th birthday in June. We tossed a few ideas around but when I mentioned having a … Continue reading

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Ramadan Season 2019

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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2018 Year in Review

For those of you who are still following our Overseas Adventure and enjoy reading about our travels and experiences, here are some interesting statistical figures for 2018. Views: 3,388 Visitors: 2,111 Comments: 84 (top commenters were Uncle Dale and Judy) … Continue reading

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COMO Cocoa Island

I got back from London just in time for Dan’s birthday weekend. We celebrated with 10 friends at the Friday Hakka champagne brunch at Hakkasan in Emirates Palace and then we took in the Formula 1 races and concerts over … Continue reading

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