Up a creek. Without a toaster.
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June 16th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
There were also clothing vendors, and Steve bought an â€śEmiratesâ€ť t-shirt for about $5. The vendors here work a bit differently â€¦ their technique seems to be to overwhelm their target with kindness and solicitude, so you really feel obligated to buy from such super nice guys.
Then we walked along the Creek in search of Tour Dubai, who offers boat tours of Dubai Creek. It was HOT, HOT, HOT out! Dubaiâ€™s high this month was 42ÂşC (108ÂşF), so I guess we should feel lucky that it was â€śonlyâ€ť 36ÂşC (97ÂşF). I didnâ€™t feel very lucky walking in the hot sun though. Everything was much farther than it looked on the map, so we finally gave up on Tour Dubai and just paid a guy to take us up the Creek in his boat. It was much cooler on the water, but frankly there didnâ€™t seem to be all that much to look at.
We got off the boat, kind of at a loss for what to do next. I still didnâ€™t feel well and wanted to get out of the sun, so we finally took a cab to the nearest mall, called Burjuman Center. If you wonder why we keep ending up at shopping malls, well: there are a lot of them, and they are air-conditioned!
This was a beautiful mall and there were many fine restaurants to choose from, so I am not sure how we ended up at a stuffy, ashtray-smelling place. I havenâ€™t eaten much these past couple days, but felt like I could handle some hummus, which they had on their menuâ€¦so I guess thatâ€™s how we ended up there. Anyway, the hummus was great and certainly put all pre-packaged hummus to shame.
I went to bed and spent the rest of the day there. Later that night, an episode of Mythbusters made us both hungry for toast. We happened to have a loaf of bread. Lacking the proper toasting implements, we were forced to get creative: Steve rigged up the clothes iron and an ice bucket, and I used it to made two fine pieces of toast! And so we spent our last night in Dubai... as usual, things didn't go as planned. But I guess it didn't turn out so bad in the long run. After all, we did learn a new way to make toast.
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