Monday, January 6, 2014

Pink Polo and Desert Safari!

The month of November was a very busy time in Abu Dhabi! I love that there is always something to do here. I know this post is extremely late but I wanted to post about two great events I attended!

In early November, there was a Pink Polo event that our school told us about. It was an event designed to raise money for breast cancer. It was held outside of Abu Dhabi but the school provided us transportation if we were interested in attending. Everyone was asked to wear pink and there would be an award for the best dressed. At the event, I rode my first camel! It was so much fun and I didn't fall.

There was also food, shopping, and polo. Not just polo that is played on horses... CAMEL polo. It was quite entertaining to watch the camels run up and down the field. Before the polo events started, there were parachuters which were really cool to see! They also let go a ton of pink balloons in honor of those with breast cancer. Overall, it was quite a nice event. And even more exciting was the fact that I made it into OK! Magazine from getting my picture taken with two other girls at the event! Check it out!

The next weekend was the desert safari. 5 of us signed up for the safari when it had a deal on Groupon and it was probably one of the best things I've done since being in Abu Dhabi! We got picked up in Abu Dhabi and taken by bus to the desert. There were dunes as far as the eye could see. When we got dropped off, we hopped into 4 Runners to dune bash our way to the camp. Dune bashing is basically driving really fast up and down the dunes and feeling like you are about to die any second. It was awesome! Our driver loved us and made it super fun.

When we got to camp, we climbed up to the top of one of the big dunes to watch the sunset. It was absolutely amazing to watch the sun drop down below the dunes in the desert. After the sunset, we decided to ride the camels. They were so cute... I love camels. I didn't fall again, thank goodness. Camel rides were followed by riding ATV's all over the desert. This was so much fun! We followed a guide and went on some dunes and all around for about 15 minutes. Once we were done with that, we decided to go into the camp to find a seat and get ready for dinner. Dinner was made up of traditional Arabic food served in a buffet. There was chicken, beef, and fish and lots of rice, hummus, and Arabic bread. It was delicious! When dinner was finished, a belly dancer came on stage. She was amazing! Towards the end, she invited anyone who wanted to learn up onto the platform. Nobody went up so she got our group to go up. I was terrible but had so much fun trying! After that, they turned the lights off and we had a few minutes to just gaze up at the sky and enjoy the beautiful night. It was a great ending to one of the best days I've had in Abu Dhabi. 

I can't wait for my dad to come in April so I can take him on a safari! 


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