ON DRIVING

“Beep, beep, BEEEP, BEEEEEP”.

The traffic lights had turned green a millisecond ago and I hadn’t floored the accelerator immediately so the man (I assume it was a man, the front windscreen was so tinted I couldn’t see in) behind was letting me know how much inconvenience I was causing him.

I accelerated away, with him maintaining a minuscule gap between our vehicles, but had to slow down 200m later as the next set of lights turned red. Three minutes later I once again missed the “B” of the bang and was rewarded with another prolonged honking of the horn.

Thankfully shortly after this there was room for me to move over to another lane, allowing him to hurtle past, only to have to slam his brakes on straight away to stop ploughing into the next car that was daring to block his progress.

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EATING OUT IN ABU DHABI 2014

When we lived in the UK we ate out occasionally, but not often. I suspect it was a combination of the fact that we tended to live out of town, the lack of quality eating places in our area, and the cost of taxis if one wanted to enjoy a drink or two. I don’t need to look at my spreadsheet to know that the situation has changed completely since moving to Abu Dhabi.

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THE ABU DHABI STONE

For those that saw the title of this post and clicked on it thinking it must be a cultural post about a historic monument in Abu Dhabi, you are going to be disappointed. In fact the “Abu Dhabi stone” refers to the amount of weight that expats traditionally put on in their first twelve months in the country (more generally known as the “expat stone” as it happens elsewhere as well).

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