Tuesday, March 24, 2009
A tiny glimpse into our Abu dhabi trip
The photos posted here and below are from our recent trip to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its the country closest to us here in Pune, India, that offers awesome beaches, tons of outdoor and indoor playgrounds, water activities, well-tended green spaces, etc. (things we don't find here easily) We really wanted to manifest something along the lines of our NJ existence without having to go too far. And amazingly it all came together beautifully. I lived there from the age of 2.5 till 16 and then went back and forth for vacations. My parents just retired after living there for 33 years to Bangalore, India. I love Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Our cousins were such wonderful, generous hosts... our family and friends rock!
Zoya did tricks on the monkey-bars that she's not had a chance to do here. She jumped right into a game with some 4-5 year old children who were sharing a game of Zingo. I watched how she managed to join in so seamlessly and sat and observed the game and took her cues from the children around her. She really surprised me that day. We were visiting friends whose home is in the midst of a most amazing community. Large green spaces, gated security, supermarkets, restaurants, school within bicycling distance, playgrounds, bbq pits, homes with gardens that face common areas, etc. just a lovely place to hang out with kids. Nice to give them the freedom to explore alone. so some of the photos are from there. Raghu loved hanging out with Neel and enjoyed playing his DS Nintendo with him. Another older friend of Neel's seemed to really inspire Raghu to play war games around the playground. It was fun to watch.
The various kids we met, played with, stayed with were Kuhu, Shashank, Neel, Jai, Sumedh and Soumya (pre-teen actually ;-) Zoya and Raghu enjoyed the couple of times Ravi and I were both at the beach with them. The beautiful blue waters and clean beaches were an absolute delight. The weather was cool adn breezy. We got the last few days of winter weather.
Raghu enjoyed Sumedh's company a lot and shared some wonderful firsts on the Wii, Ben10 games, Arcade games, indoor playgrounds etc. raghu loved the indoor climbing wall.... he was strapped into a harness and he went up like a cat! He enjoyed this the most he says. He scale the wall in no time and was quite adept at coming back down himself too. I hope to manifest something like this for him soon.
More on the trip as i get time...