We arrived in Dubai around 9:00am. We took about a 3 hour nap and ate at the hotel. Allison and I decided to venture out to pass the time of our 20 hour layover. We got a day pass on the metro and rode it all the way to the beach. We had to change trains and walk about 2 blocks. It took us about an hour. We were pretty proud of ourselves for navigating successfully!
The beach was pretty, and we ended up finding a spot in front of a hotel to go down to the water. We stuck our feet in and took a few pictures. The water was hot! We didn't stay long because the humidity was AWFUL. We were literally dripping sweat! Dubai in the summer feels pretty disgusting!
We tried to rinse our feet off at a shower, but it required a hotel token, so Allison decided it was a bright idea to use the toilet sprayer to rinse hers off. I was laughing so hard, but I was not that brave! Yuck!
Our train ride back was rather unpleasant as we hit rush hour and became smushed like sardines. Thankfully we were on the car for women and children only!
We made it back in time for dinner, a shower, and time to pack up. We headed to the airport around 11:00pm, found a quite little spot to sit, and enjoyed our hour of free wifi. Delirium quickly set in, though!
The flight back was fine, but it always seems longer on the way back. It is a great time for reflection, however. I am thankful for such a wonderful, heart changing week and for the relationships formed over the past 3 times of going. God is working in mighty ways, all around us and across the globe. I am glad that I got to see a small part of that.