Monday, January 4, 2016

High Tea in Abu Dhabi



I have been in Abu Dhabi approximately five days now.  It's hard to say with how long it took me to get here and the time difference but I made it.

I left my house for the airport Tuesday, December 29th at 9:45am (Denver time), and did not arrive until December 30th at 8:30pm (Abu Dhabi time)

Needless to say it took about 24 hours… and it felt like it.

I flew 3 hours from Denver to Atlanta, had an hour layover which I had planned on getting some gatoraid, chex mix, and gummy bears but there was no time.  I made it to my next gate just in time and took off on my 9 hour flight to Rome. Once I landed in Rome, I pretty much only had enough time to use the restroom and make it to my next and final flight.  I was stuck in the middle row… and in the middle of 3 people on my 7 hour flight to Abu Dhabi, even though I specifically recall requesting a window seat.

After all that I made it.

My sister made me some noodles, I showered and knocked out.  




The next day we woke up and decided to go to the mall.
Lots of smells and lots of different people … 

We just walked around, checked out some stores, and people watched before heading home to get ready for New Years Eve Night!

We got all dolled up and headed out to Le Royal Meridian where my sisters boyfriend is a bar manager with her friend and got there just in time for it to turn 2016.  We popped a bottle of champagne at our bougie table and watched the fireworks.  We were then graced with the presence of a man with very little english trying to make me his second wife… that was about the time we decided to bounce

We went to another bar that was a little more casual where we stood front row and swayed to a cover band from England called The International Playboys.

Aside from fending off the very aggressive arab men it was a pretty great night and an awesome way to ring in 2016.






We woke up pretty late into the afternoon the next day, went out for some food, and just relaxed while watching movies.  The day after that we went kayaking through some mangroves which was fun but also a lot harder than I thought it would be.

Once we found the little way into the mangroves it was really peaceful and pretty.  We stopped and watched a bird pick fish out of the water while little black crabs did the same from below.

I wore leggings and a tank top because I didn't want a shorts tan but wound up with dark feet and ankle tans… not sure if thats better but I'll be laying out by the pool tomorrow which should fix it.

Anyone who knows me knows that I hate tanning, in reality I just hate tan lines but I figure I'll suck it up and soak up some arabian sun.  




Today my sister and I had "High Tea"at the Etihad Towers

The drinking of tea not only became a social event for the upper classes, it altered the time and manner in which they took tea. Afternoon Tea became the bridge between meals because many wouldn't eat their evening meal until maybe 8pm. As such, Afternoon Tea became a 'mini meal' in itself.

A possible explanation why this type of meal was called high tea is the fact that it was eaten at a table. In comparison, Afternoon Tea was taken whilst seating in low, comfortable chairs or sofas. Of course, soon after, the upper classes developed their own variation and also called it 'high tea'.

The lobby was soooo pretty!

We had a great view, and the lighting was to die for.
I've noticed the lighting here is very hazy and saturated… it's like theres a filter over everything.




Some chatting and sipping and eating was a great way to spend the afternoon.

It's funny because out of everything on this cute little display the most delicious was the bread, butter, and jelly on the top.

I don't know why but it was so delicious … along with the cold tea they gave us to start with

It was so yummy and refreshing, I'm going to try and recreate it when I get home.  
Working on those housewife skills




We went upstairs to see the sunset from the bar on the 62nd floor at a place called Ray's bar.  

The plan was to have a couple drinks and hang out but of course I started to not feel good so we had to leave.  I had to really debate it because I was having fun and wanted to stay but It wouldn't have been so fun if I didn't feel well so that was pretty lame but I had the gist of it.




I can't wait for some of the other activities we have planned, especially our trip to Dubai!






We had a great view of the Emerate's palace from the bar and it reminded me of Aladdin. This is definitely equivalent to where Princess Jasmine lived and I kinda dig it.  This is actually a hotel that boasts 114 domes that are each 80m high, a private beach, private gardens, 394 rooms and suites, and based on it's luxury, considers itself as going ''beyond 7 stars''






On the other side was a great view of downtown and we could actually see my sisters building off in the distance.  The sunset was super pretty but obscured from a building… nonetheless it was nice





Until Next Time





XOXO










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