So this blog is supposed to be about my travels but considering I won't be travelling for another month and a half I figured I should update every week anyway. Dubai is continuing to impress, I've gone shopping more here in a week than I did in a month back home. The malls are spectacular and I'm pretty sure I still haven't seen every corner of Dubai Mall. It also helps that it's only 10 minutes away and AED 10 (about $3) to get there.
I've also found my love of Irish pubs has continued (I know, I know- when in Rome... go to Dublin?). On Saturday Emirates took us to a mosque to learn about Islam so we would be more aware of what our customers would be needing in certain situations. It was a beautiful place and the woman was very informative- it was the best thing I've done since being here and I would recommend to anyone visiting Dubai to visit the Jumeriah Mosque.
After that some of the girls headed over to the Irish Village which is about a 5 minute walk from our training college and as an added bonus is where the Dubai Tennis Stadium is! Turns out The Proclaimers are playing this Friday night so we'll be headed back there to let off some steam after our first week of proper training (which starts tomorrow). Last night I went out to another Irish pub near the marina and it is definitely going to be my new hang out- live music and sports events plus brilliant people (with great accents).
We went because Laura is from Donegal, Ireland and her county was in the finals of Gaelic Football so we headed over to cheer on her team. For those of you who haven't heard Gaelic Football is a random mix of British Football (soccer), American Football, Rugby and even a bit of basketball thrown in. It's brilliant and I absolutely love it- mind you the atmosphere was similar to if the Leafs were in the Stanley Cup Finals so it's hard to tell if I love the sport or just the atmosphere. Donegal won and Laura cried and almost broke my hand she was so excited and then the live music started and somehow I ended up with a cider which I am proud to say I drank all of and may in fact make it a habit.
Today was uniform fitting and getting ready for the intense training to start so I thought I would get out and enjoy the pool since it may be the last chance I get in awhile. I thought living in a city would be a hard adjustment but the perks are just too good (although I do miss seeing the stars). Overall so far, so good. Met a lot of great people and dying to find out my first roster to see where in the world I'm going next!