We managed to plan and execute our route with a combo distance calculation to a potential neighborhood and avoid the toll roads. Got a little turned around, found a gas station to get water and a new map (left the first one in a previous rental car) and back headed in the right direction. Found Ikea, parking was a nightmare, both the people and the lack of parking stalls but took a deep breath and made it. It is, if you were wondering exactly the same as the one in Calgary :) Just a few little differences, prints of Dubai in the picture section etc.
We had a look around Festival City mall, I found the water slippers I was looking for. They are like gymnastic shoes but with extra grippy rubber bottoms. They were only 45 dirhams ($12.33 CDN) very exciting. They are great and keep the girls from slipping around the pool. I couldn't spend the 175 dirham (47.95) for a pair of Nike capris but unless this girl can go on a diet or magically be the size six that all and I mean ALL the clothes here come in I might have to go back ;) We had a good visit, Emilee had a great temper tantrum mid mall and so we were all done and ready for the car.
We planned our route back and navigated out of the parkade. Got going on the right road and then all of a sudden were on the "wrong" road. Not wrong as in direction or anything just a toll road and a not the one we wanted to take. What do we know, it may cost 5 dirham (1.37) per gate and I think we did two or three gates but it was well worth it.
We found ourselves in the financial district at sun set, it was cool. Emilee missed most of it and Anna was more interested in drawing pictures, which was ok with us.
It was a fun ride home after a fun day in Dubai.
So as we got back to our hotel we had a Dubai car moment. It is a terrible, I mean a terrible picture, out of focus and such (took me too long to get my camera turned on and lens cap off etc, etc) but it is proof that we were beside, if only briefly, a Porsche which was beside a Bentley. Correct me if I am wrong, cars are not "my thing".
The girls are getting along well in our hotel. We are staying in a one bedroom, the girls sleep in the 'living room' and there is a tv and sofa. We sleep in the other room which is as, if not larger than most regular hotel rooms so we are not crowded, it a good thing. We loved taking my quilts and making forts at home so we decided we should do the same here, you should have seen Anna's face when I said yes, she was surprised. They are cute and I took the few minutes of quiet to sew and take a few pictures.
Big hugs and lots of love. ~ the Andersons