It is 9:20 am Monday here in Dubai. Looking at the clock on my computer it’s 1:22 am in Orlando. And we had great favor on the 13 hour flight from NY to Dubai. The woman upgraded us to Business class. We had mechanical seats that reclined almost flat, had our own 15 inch tv/dvd that I watched 4 movies of my choice. For lunch I had lobster, shrimp and fresh scallops. It was truly the Royal treatment!! The bathroom even had perfume, flowers, cloth towels and a full length mirror! I can say I’ve never experienced a flight like that. I can only imagine what First Class was like! So now we wait until 1:30pm to head to Mumbai, and free internet in the Dubai Airport- life is good. Not our usual way to travel under the non-profit budget.
What a great journey it has been already. Dubai is a veritable melting pot. There’s mosques in the airport about every 5 feet and you hear every language and see every manner of dress. Although one of my favorite experiences so far was standing in the ticket line. An African family with a small boy about 5 years old began a conversation with an Indian boy behind him that was about the same age. These two carried on quite the conversation about every kind of toy and game. What was their favorite action hero, their favorite Pokemon card and even about video games. But the African boy, regretfully and longingly looked at his father as he told the Indian boy he didn’t have a Playstation or even a Gameboy. I so wanted to take out my camera and capture this wonderful innocence. Kids are kids no matter where you are and differences don’t matter. They all speak the “same” language. What a good lesson for us all.