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Destination Guides, Expat Ponderings

Expat Expectations in Dubai

Expat Expectations in Dubai

The honeymoon is over. For the first time since April 2008, just recently, I decided that Dubai is “home”. I’m sure it has quite a bit do with an excessive amount of travel recently. It’s hard being homesick when your home is not really home, and so I would imagine […]

November 6, 2011 ×

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The Prize – Palio at Citta Della Pieve

The Prize – Palio at Citta Della Pieve

It’s hot. Parched, and yet dripping, I’m pent up like a pressure cooker. My children are whining, I have a headache, my husband has not been seen since he left us at the city gates to find somewhere to park the coach. Nobody here speaks my language, yet they chatter […]

October 30, 2011 ×

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Eid Round-up

Eid Round-up

I may not be Islamic, but I still get their holidays. Being a western expat in a Muslim country, with a husband working for an English firm, and children going to an English curriculum school, we get the best of both worlds – Christian and Muslim holidays. The kids love […]

October 26, 2011 ×

Culinary Travel, Destination Guides, Wine O'Clock

Food and wine for a lifetime: Red Hill

Food and wine for a lifetime: Red Hill

I’ve talked about home before. If you’re a new reader to the hedonista, I’ll fill you in. I’m from Melbourne, Australia, but have been living in Dubai for the past three and a half years. So now, you might say I have two homes – the one I call home, […]

October 23, 2011 ×

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Reflections on Five Lands – The Cinque Terre

Reflections on Five Lands – The Cinque Terre

I’ve just been scanning through my photographs of the Cinque Terre and trying to figure out what I should tell you about it. You see, my thoughts initially were that the Cinque Terra gets built so high, that when you get there, you are inevitably let down. I was going […]

October 15, 2011 ×

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Dubai Kitsch

Dubai Kitsch

“No Photos!” she says. Why? The place is dark and dusty, unkempt as a mythical toymaker’s workshop. The advertising for this place is forlorn, and with a name like Fakih Collections (which does not phonetically sit very well in English), I wonder how anybody has taken the effort to find […]

October 6, 2011 ×

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San Gimiganano

San Gimignano – disecting towers…

Why do men build tall towers? After visiting the beautiful San Gimignano, and living in the shade of the giant needle that is the Burj Khalifa, I resolved to learn more, and typed that sentence into google. The entire first page is taken up with the Tower of Babel, a […]

September 26, 2011 ×

croatia, Destination Guides, elaphite islands, korcula, lopud

Croatia Part One – Islands

Croatia Part One – Islands

We listen to progressive house emanating from speakers in trees. We drink Havana club and lime. A disco ball rotates on a threadbare length of fisherman’s rope strung between tarpaulins. We pay by the drink and by the chair. Everybody speaks in Eastern European dialects, never tripping over their mouthfuls […]

August 15, 2011 ×

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Over the hills and far away

Over the hills and far away

Muscat. If you say that word in my home town, what comes to mind is an unctuous ambrosia made in the Rutherglen region. Sweet, drippy, fortified wine that is produced in a solera method, a little like a sourdough – the wine goes into barrels and is aged. Half is […]

May 11, 2011 ×