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Dear Apples,

I’m finally back in Lebanon and experience of Dubai is still settling itself in my memory; here and there in impressions of image, sound, color, and emotion.IMG_5179

Red sandals, perfect sea, sky, sand

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Balcony blooms

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The Great Burj

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Mezza always

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IMG_5089The Middle East wins in tiling and geometry

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Global Village; Afghani cushions

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The place was so alive!  Pulsing with a constant ebb and flow of crowds, poppy music, Arabic music, African music, dancing, fountain shows, colors everywhere, food stands with all the tastes you could imagine

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Our Global Market finds: Indian sheets, Afghani blanket, Yemeni (aphrodisiac) honey, and our new African seer.

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The Old City section of Dubai where we stayed on the weekdays is now the New New Delhi.  Curry and Sari’s for miles.

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Beach rainbows

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Amazing and terrifying plane show on the beach

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Fruits and veggies at the market and in juice shops on street corners.  Popular on the shelves: dozens of squash variations, rambutens, coconuts, dragon fruit, passion fruit, physalis, litchis, beets, snow peas, white sweet potatoes, chayote…

IMG_5092Open roof cafe serving lots of tea, fresh juices and, of course, shisha.  All of Dubai has a fragrance of sweet wafting shisha smoke and deep incensey perfume.

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Marina reds.

IMG_5150The time in Dubai felt much longer than it actually was, and the experience of it seems cut up into very different pieces.  It was good and full and dazzling, but it also felt oh so wonderful to descend back into Lebanon in a free-for-all flight of loud Lebanese passengers anticipating their return.  Deep relief upon landing; it was the familiarity of arriving home to familiar mountains, familiar faces and a welcoming space.