So, after kind of recovering from my jet lag and this awful sinus infection, I felt up to exploring today. Went and had breakfast in the hotel restaurant. The teaching group is paying for me to have breakfast every day. The little Asian hostess seated me and brought me a copy of USA Today! I have found that all the people here have been so kind and helpful. The Emerati people at the hotel are very accommodating; they are all also named either Ali or Muhammad. Mr. Muhammad, the concierge, Mr. Muhammad, my driver…and they all call me Madame. Ali is the man who comes by to check on me and see if everything is up to par in my room. Do I need anything? I’ve stayed at a lot of hotels, and I can’t remember ever having this kind of service. And the room is super hi-tech. I have this giant shower (separate from the bathtub) with a cool rain shower shower head. But the water doesn’t get very hot. So when Ali popped by last night, I asked why the water didn’t get very hot. He seemed stunned at my question! He says: oh, Madame, it is very hot outside! Why do you want a hotter shower? No, no. This is not healthy. Too hot of water is not good for you! You must cool down in the shower. And he smiles, and leaves me to my tepid shower. Ha!
I somehow lost my adapter, so I couldn’t plug in my computer and phone and such, and I asked the concierge for one, but they were all taken. So I ask him where I can buy one, and he smiles this enormous smile and says: At the MALL, Madame! The MALL is some kind of place, too. First of all, it’s HUGE! Like a GIANT mall. And it’s so beautiful. And guess what! At the MALL you can buy fresh fruit and veggies at the farmer’s market. Or you can go to the meat market there, too. Or, if you want, you can go to the fish market! All in the MALL. And then if you go to the other side, there is an entire supermarket called Lulu’s– in the MALL!! And there are a bunch of other stores, too –several American chains, and then stores galore that sell anything and everything you could possibly want! I wanted an adapter so I could plug in my computer, and guess what? They have an Apple store. The guy at the store who helped me was from Korea, and he asked me what I needed, and showed me several options–assuring me that it was returnable if it didn’t work out. So I got my adapter, and then roamed around. I went to the food court where they have Wendy’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken!! KFC is VERY popular here for some reason. I settled on a coffee at Gloria Jean’s, and then continued my roaming.
When I was ready to leave, I couldn’t figure out where to get a taxi, and let me tell you, it is HOT here. Like really HOT hence all the stuff INSIDE the MALL. No one is on the streets. It’s Saturday and no one is on the streets. Anyway, this man sees me standing in the sun, and comes over and says, why are you standing in the SUN?? (Translate: you are crazy, lady). And I said I am trying to get a cab. And so, he hails me a cab!! So yeah, people aren’t all bad. And being “lost” in this place isn’t so bad–because everywhere I’ve gone, people have helped me. I’m starting to feel a little more found.
Till next time. XO L