I spent the last 8 days in Abu Dhabi, which borders Saudi Arabia & Oman, and it is directly across the Gulf from Iran. I also spent one day in Dubai, which is about 90 minutes away from Abu Dhabi. See map below:
Ever since I traveled to Kingston, Jamaica in High School, I’ve been addicted to traveling. My trip to Abu Dhabi is the 3rd trip I’ve taken across the world on my own. My husband and I travel frequently together, but we are also fans of solo trips, because it is important to spend time alone reflecting, planning and growing. Che took a solo trip to Colombia about 3 weeks before my trip to Abu Dhabi.
The first time I took a trip alone across the world was to Mumbai, India and I was terrified! I was nervous about the super long flight (over 15 hours) with multiple stops and afraid of how I would be treated, specifically as a woman. My response to fear has always been to push myself. Rather than run away from the things that I fear, I find myself running, full speed ahead toward whatever I’m afraid of. Although it makes me uncomfortable, I have experienced tremendous growth in those moments.
I’m going to share some of my favorite photos from my trip over the next week. I was able to spend some time with my friend who teaches there. For us, it was basically a week long slumber party! We’re already planning our next visit!
I’ll start with my pics from the Al Ain Zoo, which is rated as the best zoo in the area. Essentially, Al Ain is like a suburb of Abu Dhabi. Please do not repost pics without giving me credit!
Caption: This is the closest I’ve ever been to a lion. H was behind a glass, but we were pretty close to him. He was so beautiful that he looked fake. I also captured some great shots of him moving around.
Caption: I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many giraffes up close. The mountain in the background was a beautiful backdrop.
Caption: My friend captured this shot of me in front of the Giraffes.
Caption: I’d never seen Giraffes eat and it was almost like he didn’t have any knees because he stretched his front legs out as far as possible and then bent over from the neck to eat. A man dropped the food off using a wheel barrow. I think it was kale.
Caption: THIS was hilarious! This little monkey kept sticking his arm out to steal berries that had fallen off of a tree. He would look around to see how as looking and then quickly stick his arm out to get the berries and eat them. It was the cutest thing!
Caption: I’ve definitely never touched a camel before. He let me rub him, and then he nibbled on my fingers a bit. His mouth moved like a sock puppet and I was amused. It didn’t hurt at all. Caption: My favorite animal in the world is a peacock. This guy was caged, but I still had to capture a photo of him!