Sunday, March 1, 2009

Homeward Bound

Well, our trip is coming to an end and we're on our way back to the USA. I hope it's not snowing or anything when I get home. Keep an eye out for a postcard I sent to the class.

Uncle Tom has a seat in "Business Class" on the plane. It's pretty big. The seat folds back so you can sleep..they even give you a pillow and blanket. There's also lots of leg room to stretch out.

I think we flew right over Benjamin and Charlotte's house on the way home, but it was dark, so I couldn't see anybody.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Black Gold

It seems like everywhere you look inDubai a new building is going up. Some of the designs are weird!

It is a very rich place. They get their money by selling oil to the United States and other countries. We use it to make electricity, heat our homes, and to run our cars.

We have oil here in the US, but Congress and President Obama won't let the oil companies drill for it, so we have to buy it from other places. We also would not need so much oil if we built more nuclear power plants here to make electricity.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Winter in Dubai

It never gets really cold here in Dubai, so they built a ski slope inside a shopping mall. That's right, here it is

Every nite they make snow with a machine, and during the day people go inside and ski, or just play in the snow. We didn't go in, since Uncle Tom is afraid he will hurt himself if he tries to ski, and we see enough snow at home.

The mall is huge, with hundreds of stores, a movie theater, and two food courts. Here's Uncle Tom having a traditional Arab sandwich, called a shwarma.

The other food court had McDonalds, Subway, Papa Johns, Baskin-Robbins, and a bunch of other places just like home. (Do you see the Arabic writing on the right side of the sign?)

Thursday, February 26, 2009


Take a closer look at the highway signs. Everything is written in English, and in a language called Arabic. That's what the squiggly-looking writing is.

Arabic is the language that people in this part of the world speak. Most everybody speaks some English too, so we didn't have any trouble getting something to eat or shopping.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


This building is called a mosque.
It is where people of the Moslem religion go to pray

You can see that there are a lot of new buildings here.
Even more are under construction.

Can you see the highway sign in this picture?
I'll tell you more about it in another post.

This is another hotel, maybe we can stay there next time.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A Nice Hotel

This is a great hotel. It is called Grosvenor House and it is a very tall building...44 floors. There are seven restaurants and a gym and a pool. As you can see, I have a nice big comfortable bed too. At nite they bring you chocolate's a great treat right before going to sleep.

I had a little trouble sleeping last nite because of the time difference. Here in Dubai the time is 9 hours later than Washington. That means it is bedtime here when it is lunchtime at home. It's pretty confusing.
The weather here is nice and warm. This morning there was a lot of fog, and this afternoon it was hazy, so it was hard to get any pictures of the city. Hopefully tomorrow it will be clearer.

Monday, February 23, 2009

A Long Trip

Tonite I arrived in Dubai. It was a really long trip, but it was fun, and there were a lot of things to do. We had a nice dinner, and watched a movie (more about that in a minute). While Uncle Tom took a nap, I hung out with the cabin crew. They are very nice people who make sure that everyone on the airplane is safe and comfortable during the flight.

Each seat has its own little TV screen for watching movies. There are about ten choices so you can find something you like. You can just listen to music too. One of the channels on the TV shows a map that tells where the airplane is during the trip. It also tells you about the airplane's speed and altitude. We flew about 550 miles per hour at an altitude of 39,000 feet. That's almost eight miles high!