“I’d forgotten what green is. I live on reclaimed desert – there’s no greenery… no leaves… no vegetation… just sand and dust and concrete – So on arriving at The Jumeirah Golf Estates (the most verdant place in all of Dubai!) I had to ROLL in the grass..”
“When a friend first asked if I wanted to visit Lebanon Island on the weekend … I thought it sounded a bit far for a day trip. Lebanon is over 3,000 nautical miles from Dubai… boasting a route plagued by Somali pirates, war-torn mess, and famine … I WAS EXCITED, but it didn’t sound like a leisurely Friday cruise – it sounded more like the sort of adventure Phileas Fogg would have if he’d 80 days to spare…”
I was beginning to miss mountains… Dubai is excessively flat, in a way that makes us Welsh people feel uncomfortable…
“I’m far from the sixth pillar of Islam; sadly more Haram than Halal.
There’s not even a single spiritual fibre of my being… I get the giggles during yoga sessions and vegetarian sausages make me sad.
But there’s something undeniably magical about The Grand Mosque at Abu Dhabi…”
“Brunch couldn’t work in the UK: People would be dead.”
You will feel like you’re in a reality TV show. Or at least like you’re a Fresher at uni again…
Italy: The only place in the world where you can sit on the street at 8:30am with a bottle of wine in each hand… and nobody thinks you’re homeless.
I knew I had to go in Summer. “DON’T!” said everyone. “It smells like a sewer when it’s hot!” I’ll admit – it did have a whiff reminiscent of drains and cholera. But IT’S VENICE: Your eyes are so busy you’ll forget you even have a nose.
“Yes, everyone tells you it’s going to be hot… But unless you’ve ever stuck your face in lava or been to the sun then it’s hard to comprehend.”
“Canadians really like BIG things. Their meals, buildings, and waterfalls are all of an exceptional size. Their CN Tower is half a kilometre tall!”