ABU DHABI DIARY (7)

I can’t quite believe that in a week it will be Christmas Day. Henry headed back to Scotland in the very early hours of this morning, and has made it there safely despite a missed connection in London. Archie and Flossie finished school this afternoon, and I only have two more days of work before finishing for a few days.

Archie and Flossie didn’t just finish school for the festive break, they finished at Al Yasmina School for good. A couple of months ago we decided that it would be in the best interests of their education to move them to another school (for reasons I won’t go into here). Following interviews and a nervous wait they have both secured places at Brighton College, another UK curriculum school a few more minutes away heading into the city.

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Archie is very much looking forward to starting at his new school, and enjoyed the end to his Al Yasmina time with a class trip to Dubai to go up the Burj Khalifa (he’s been up there four times now, more than any of us, as he keeps announcing). Flossie is very sad to be leaving her friends behind but given her personality I am sure she will make lots of new friends very quickly.

The last couple of weeks have flown by, as every week seems to over here. Last weekend saw our first camping trip in the desert which was so enjoyable it is probably worth a post of its own (when I get round to it). All I will say here is that it was considerably more successful than our camping trip to the beach earlier in the year when our tent was flattened by wind in the middle of the night. And I mean wind on the outside of the tent, not the inside.

Tomorrow we are hitching a ride on a friend’s boat with the intention of spending the day with a couple of other families relaxing on an island just off the coast. The weather is just perfect for outdoors activities at the moment, temperatures in the mid 20s and clear skies. The punishing heat of the summer is a distant memory, for a few months at least.

Once I have got my final couple of days at work out of the way we are heading off to a hotel not far away to spend three nights over Christmas itself. Some of our friends are doing the same thing and we are joining up with a number of other families for brunch on Christmas Day itself. It’s completely different from any Christmas we have had previously but I’m sure it is going to be a lot of fun.

The children are a little concerned about whether Santa will be able to find them in the hotel but we have reassured them that there shouldn’t be a problem. So if you are listening Santa, please make sure you come to the right place.

That’s all for now. If I don’t blog again before the big day, very best wishes for the festive season to all of you.

Thanks for reading as always.

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