I Really Wanted to Love Dubai and Didn’t

dubai_marketDubai sells itself as a beautiful, somewhat exotic and luxurious destination. Something like the Las Vegas of the UAE, but with less alcohol and more Bentleys. I thought Dubai would be a perfect city escape to marvel at modern architecture, dine well, and finally see all those Dubai superlatives like the tallest building in the world, the largest man-made island, and the largest shopping mall in person. After 4 full days, my Dubai daydreams were dashed and I found myself hating a city I thought I would fall in love with.
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Basic Basque Phrases for Travelers to Basque Country

bilbao-rio-nervion In 2009, when I was preparing to move to Spain as an au pair, all I knew about the country were a few random facts stored away in my memory from a report I did in college, and maybe some bits and pieces from a high school Spanish class, like, they use vosotros there. I knew that they spoke more languages than just Spanish in certain parts of the country, but I didn’t know where exactly, or what the languages even were. 

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