ABU DHABI DIARY (1)

It has been a week of ups and downs since arriving back in Abu Dhabi. The downs have mainly involved the aftermath of the defrosted fridges and freezers that greeted me on Sunday, plus some issues with the internet in the villa (there is nothing like internet issues to drag you down after a long day at work), and of course missing Jo and the kids.

The issue with the defrosted appliances is almost resolved, although there are still some lingering smells to be dealt with, and I suspect the main fridge / freezer may be a write off due to some of the noxious liquid having seeped its way into the inner workings which I cannot get at to clean.

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COUNTING THE DAYS

It's ten days since I waved Jo and the kids off at the airport, and 17 days (not that I'm counting) until I see them again. I am missing them like crazy, even the bickering and crying (and that's just Jo I'm talking about ;@)), so the time is passing very slowly.

They have definitely done the right thing escaping from Abu Dhabi. Whilst the temperature hasn't really increased since they left (still early 40s most afternoons), the humidity certainly has. It was over 50% today which meant that the heat index (what the heat feels like to the human body when the temperature and humidity are combined) went above 51 degrees centigrade (122 degrees Fahrenheit) this afternoon. I'm now at the stage where my glasses steam over every time I set foot outside, which is a little annoying.

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