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2011 began with a two week trip to Istanbul, Turkey. This was one of our most enjoyable and amazing vacations.
Later in the Spring, we visited Abu Dhabi for a day and went to the heritage center.
DaddyBird had a supporting role in an independent film. Unfortunately, we’ve never seen the end product. I will be eternally curious.
June brought the high school graduation of BabyBird and a trip to North Carolina to celebrate this milestone with her.
There was no summer trip to exotic places due to a job change that required a move to another town. This was a ridiculously stressful situation and we survived it only through the kindness and help of good friends.
My new job began with cataloging every book in the library. It took a year to finish because I also had to prepare and facilitate weekly activities for students.
We took a day trip up Wadi Hayl to the Hayl fort. This is where the Fujairah ruling family lived dating back to 1830 CE.
We rode the new metro Green Line.
A celebration of local history and culture was held at the beach park.
It was a rainy winter.
We explored Bithnah Fort from the outside.
We got the opportunity to share Fujairah with visiting authors who were attending the Sharjah International Book Fair. We introduced them to mandi (meat and rice meal), Fujairah Fort, and the bull butting competition.
It was the 40th anniversary of the formation of the United Arab Emirates, so there were more celebrations extending through the whole month.
DaddyBird was fitted for new kandoorahs.
Now he can fit right in.
The celebrations included a month long sword competition.
Christmas was spent in Athens, Greece. For me it was a “bucket list” sort of trip.
We took a day trip to Delphi, which I highly recommend.
And we were back in Dubai in time for our traditional fish at Bu Qtair restaurant followed by Burj Al Arab fireworks.