Europe 2014

Day 31 – Dubai

Posted on July 30, 2014

He got so hot, his lips fell off.

We spent today in the Dubai Mall which is the largest shopping centre in the world. Although on paper it sounds like my worst nightmare, it’s a pretty cool place.

Exhibit A: Large fish tank.

A large fish tank.

A large fish tank.

Exhibit B: Dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs!

Dinosaurs!

We spent the day walking around, seeing the excessively lavish attractions and shops. We didn’t see all of it because the place is huge, but we saw a good variety of things. We also went to a Lebanese restaurant and got a nearly-good-as-homemade feast (twice, we had lunch and dinner there).

In between the meals we wandered, got some sweets, looked around. We saw the big water fountain shows they have, though even ten minutes outside was unbearable. The best thing about the mall was the extreme air conditioning they have which made it almost cold at certain times.

Here are a few other random photos from the day.

That’s all folks! The trip is now over and we leave for Brisbane tomorrow morning. A long trip back, but just want to get it over with and be able to sleep in my own bed again.

Overall, not a bad holiday. In fact, I would go as far as to say it was a good holiday.

Day 29 – London

Posted on July 28, 2014

Just saw Derren Brown.

A thoroughly enjoyable show. Not only for the magical, mind-melding content, but theatrically it was wonderfully dramatic and well-staged. I cannot go into specifics (nor do I wish to), but Derren, Andy Nyman and the rest of the team did a great job.

Speaking of, I saw Andy in the audience before the show, so I got to meet him and chat for a bit. Lovely chap (if I may use the term).

Afterwards, we waited at the stage door for a little while to see if Derren would come out, but a certain pair of people got impatient and forced us to leave. A shame, especially if we just missed him.

Now I have to get some sleep as I have to get up in four hours and get on a plane to fly seven hours to arrive in a country where it will be 42 degrees. Though we have two nights in Dubai, the trip is essentially over. That makes me sad. And thirsty.

Day 28 – London

Posted on July 27, 2014

This is the hour.

Lunch at a Chinese restaurant today and then Miss Saigon matinee. Unfortunately, Eva Noblezada (the actress playing Kim) was out and her understudy filled in. She was good, but I would have liked to have seen Eva perform the role one more time.

Tonight is our first (and only) night where we don’t have a show to see, so we’ll just be staying in and getting takeaway Indian for dinner.

Tomorrow is our last day in London. Not sure what we’ll be doing during the day, but seeing Derren Brown’s show at night. Then it’s a super early start to catch a seven hour flight to Dubai. Luckily, we have a two-night stop off there before continuing the rest of the way back to Australia.

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