Today we went to a family’s farm out in the desert. They were from a Bedouin’s descent. They had a whole meal prepared for us, and we got to sit outside on a big mat and enjoy the great 70˚ F weather. Then they showed us around their farm. There were camels, cows, chickens, rabbits, sheep, and goats. Marie got slammed in the back of the head by a camel. She’s fine though. And Jimmy almost got kicked by a baby camel.

After lunch, we went to more sand dunes where we got to go sand boarding! It was so fun! It was similar to snow boarding, but at the same time, a completely different experience. You take your board up to the steepest part of the dunes, and then ride down.  The best part of the day, and probably the scariest, was meeting some young Emirates from the area who were driving their SUV around the dunes at full speed. And they gladly volunteered to drive us up to the top of the dunes several times to sand board down.  It was scary because they were driving so fast up to the top on the slippery sand and every time, we thought we were going to roll. And didn’t help when the driver told us he had only rolled his car a few times doing this before. But we were safe, and they were all really nice. Sand boarding was a lot of fun!

We were all completely covered in red sand after that. When we went to the Dubai mall right after that, I’m pretty sure we all left a trail of sand behind us.

The Dubai mall was huge and really fancy! Jet lag had definitely set in so we were all a little of it to really enjoy it, but nonetheless, it was amazing with basically every store, an aquarium, and skiing, which we’re doing tomorrow. At the mall, we met two young people from here and we got to talk a little about the misconceptions between the Americans and Arabs. Check out my dad’s blog for more on that. 

Like I said in the last post, the people here have continually been so kind. This is why I love the Arab culture.