I’m back in Dubai as I write this entry, and unless something changes this will probably be my last entry for the Summer 2010 Blog. I may still do something special here in Dubai before school starts, and if I do I’ll add an entry, but I just feel that it’s time to close this blog out.
I got back to Dubai Thursday night and without really too much to say about the journey. It was long, about thirty hours, but there wasn’t any problems or anything interesting to write about. I guess that is a good thing, better to be a little bored than annoyed or something worse. I’m better now, but the morning I was leaving up until the cab ride from the airport in Dubai to my apartment I was a little bit bummed out. The cause of these feelings are hard to figure out, but I think it has to do with leaving America and the things that feel comfortable to come to a country that is not my home, but just a place I live. Don’t get me wrong, Dubai, or the UAE, isn’t a bad place and I am comfortable here, it just isn’t my home.
The majority of my trip was decent. I saw a lot of places that I’ve wanted to see for some time now like Loch Ness, London, Stockholm, and the other cities on my journey. The only problem with this year’s vacation was the thing that I had problems with choosing the destination in the first place. There wasn’t a culture shock, I stayed in Western Europe which is very much like the United States. I guess that’s a good thing if you like Starbucks, Pizza Huts, and McDonalds, but if you want to experience strange or unusual cultures it is a little bit of a let down. Regardless of the culture, I think everyone, including myself needs to see the places that I saw this summer especially if you want to say that you are a traveler. Now that I’ve seen these cities I can say that I’ve had a complete “taste” of Europe. My count may be off a little bit but there is only about five countries in Europe that I haven’t seen yet. There’s a lot of culture in Europe that I haven’t experienced, and most of what I have has been just in the cities, so my next time I’ll have to switch my normal traveling and rent an apartment in France or Spain for a month or two or buy a vehicle to travel on my own.
Thanks to anyone who kept up with me on this Summer’s journey.