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25 April 2007 @ 04:40 pm
planning a brief return to the sandlands  
Hi everyone! I just got back from a much needed vacation in the Dominican Republic. Much needed, but I didn't get the rest and relaxation I required. I got a sinus infection on the plane which turned into a chest cold and aggravated my asthma so I had breathing problems the whole week, then I got a sunburn on the first day (yes, me, the one who used to tan for hours on my Dubai roof with no problems). Sunburns suck, but I am late to finding this out given my complexion. Anyway, it made me feel flu-y and it was hard to sleep and now I look like I have a skin disease. Then I guess all these issues and the fact that our resort didn't serve the best food made me have stomach problems for the second half of the trip, and finally we got to the airport to go home and found out that jet blue had cancelled our flight and nobody notified us! so that led to a lot of waiting around in the middle of the night at a deserted airport and getting hundreds of mosquito bites.

So now I am home and have gone to the doctor and gotten all the requisite meds and I actually feel more relaxed than I was last week. I even opened up a dissertation document and worked on it today! I am back in the saddle, but believe it or not, already have to plan my next trip.

I will be presenting a paper at a Gulf Studies conference in Exeter, England this July, and I figure that is a great excuse to make a short foray to Dubai at the same time. So, my plan is to be in DXB the last week of June. I know, it will be hot as hell, but I'll be at the pool during the day (this time with sunscreen!) and partying at night. But I also want to get some research done while I am there.

So readers, I have questions for you:

My Dubai party buddies - will you be around the last week of June and are you ready for some sleep deprivation and debauchery?

Bloggers - will you be around and willing to be interviewed (anonymously of course) about the UAE blog scene, censorship, free speech, etc.?

Other citizens and expats - let me know if you would be into sitting for an interview. I love hearing about as many experiences of living in Dubai as possible.

And of course, as always, I am happy to answer any questions about the project, what I have been up to, etc. See you all soon!!

PS - Dominican Republic was real purty. I'll post photos soon that make it look like we had a joyously good time.
Ask a stupid question: Apple and bowler hatdubaiwalla on April 26th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
This explains why you haven't been on Google Talk.

I'm going to be here all summer long, but maybe you can drop by on your way back from England?
nativeinformantnativeinformant on April 26th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
actually i think you owe ME a visit
plus, I'll be in DC in the fall. Come to CA. This is where the fun is! Or, we can try again on the Vegas thing...
:-)tessa2787 on April 26th, 2007 08:36 am (UTC)
too bad i live in kuwait..lol..
dubaiyukidubaiyuki on April 26th, 2007 10:52 am (UTC)
oooh. give me a call. i'd most probably still be here (unfortunately... hehe)
nativeinformantnativeinformant on April 29th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
will do! we never got to party together last time I was in town.
susan smitten: zayednightchu_hi on April 26th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, I should indeed be around the last week of June!! Oh, that promotion I was talking about happens in June (insh'alla) so I might be stressed out... and desperately in need of some kind of ladies nights and champagne cocktails.

And as a blogger and expat, of course I am always willing to register my weakly formed opinions and vague observations in the name of your cause.

nativeinformantnativeinformant on April 29th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
wow. another promotion. you are doing so well. congrats! and you know I am always up for ladies nights and champagne!
speed_fetishspeed_fetish on April 29th, 2007 06:19 am (UTC)
Take care budie have fun on your little visit..
nativeinformantnativeinformant on April 29th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
thanks! maybe we can all get together for a drink when I am in town.