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Sunday, January 15, 2017

The sands of Araby


My apartment is even more chaotic than usual while I attempt to redo my packing list for the new itinerary (Water purifier? No. Sunscreen? Yes.)

It's the electronics that I'm probably going to get wrong this time. The number of adapters, converter plugs, cables and batteries that I have to bring along just to have a working camera, laptop and phone in four different countries is beyond ridiculous. I can be fairly confident that I'll pack everything on the list; I just have to manage to get everything I need on the list in the first place.

It will be fine. As long as I manage to remember my passport and credit cards and some clean underwear, I'll manage. In the meantime, here's a reminder of why I put myself through this: an image from the European Space Agency, showing a satellite view of the Arabian peninsula, where, if all goes according to plan, I'll be landing sometime late Thursday. That's the Persian Gulf on the left, and the Gulf of Oman on the right, and Abu Dhabi and Dubai are part of the tiny swath of habitation on the coast of the Persian Gulf as it curves up into the peninsula. The darker, mountainous region on the right is Oman, and the rest of the peninsula is Saudi Arabia. And the land north of the gulfs is Iran (Hi, Iran! Hope to see you again someday.) Such a beautiful planet, and there's so much still to see.

If I end up loving Abu Dhabi and points beyond half as much as I loved Iran, it will be more than worth the hassles of getting there.

Image credit: ESA

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