cruisin the mall, takin' in the culture
Abu Dhabi Travel Blog› entry 8 of 26 › view all entries
Today Eisa took us to the Heritage Center where we got to see the traditional markets from many years ago. The set-up was almost like the markets of Puerto Vallarta, but the difference is that the people running the booths here are obviously salaried employees--not trying to make a living selling their goods so no one is pushing you to buy anything (in fact, they don't get off their seats). There were a lot of trinkets that really intrigued the kids (knives, statues of camels, fabric) and I purchased a Pashmina, which Eisa immediately told me Huda would think was cheap and would show me where to get a good one. Personally, I was quite proud of my $5 purchase and don't imagine I'll be wearing the thing out very soon. We ate lobster and grouper prepared in the traditional way (no heavy spices and served in a huge wooden boat platter) at a restaurant by the sea.
After the Heritage Center Eisa dropped Sean, Mianna, and me off at the Marina Mall while he took Kyle to work with him and had fun telling everyone that Kyle was his son. Then we all went back to Eisa's house to play and wait for dinner time. We made a reservation at Bice for 8:00 P.M. and finally made it there at 9:00 P.M. I enjoyed their Risotto with wild Mushrooms and Sean (of course) had the gnocci. After a fight over who would pay the bill (Sean won), Eisa drove us around the "Beverly Hills" of Abu Dhabi where we got to see the President's house and the neighborhood where the Royal Family and government advisors live.
The pool at The Emirates Palace offers two slides, several waterfalls, and a lazy river where the bridges rain on you as you pass under them. As the kids and Sean went to enjoy the "noisy" part of the pool, Kimberli stayed on the adult side reading Shadow of the Wind (I highly recommend this book and have promised myself to read every book recommended to me by Kim Jameson, OCCC English professor, from now on). The culture here does not allow for "Octavio" to offer pool drinks, but they do bring these delicious skewers of fruit while one is soaking up the rays (skewer doubles as a bookmark). After a nap--a required part of any Brownlee vacation--Eisa and Huda took us shopping where we found Santa (though a bit more tan than the Santa we are accustomed to).