DUBAI: My Desert Safari Experience

DUBAI: My Desert Safari Experience

The Desert Safari is a popular tourist activity in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. My Desert Safari included 3 activities; Desert Dune Bashing, a Camel ride and and a BBQ dinner with a desert camp experience. I booked through Golden Treasure Tourism which did my visa, tourism activities, air ticketing and hotel bookings. To begin the day, a driver picked us up from the hotel with a group of 4 other people and drove us to the desert.  Before I travelled to Dubai, my travel agent had told my mother that sand dune bashing is very scary and if she doesn’t want to have a heart attack she shouldn’t do it because it’s similar to a roller coaster ride. Because of this, when it was almost time for dune bashing, my mother told the driver that she didn’t want to drive on the “fast car” but she wants to come down from the car and drive on the “slow one”. This got lots of protests from the second group. Unbeknownst to her, the slow one didn’t exist.

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The driver just completely ignored her, smiled, turned on the car and proceeded to give us the wildest ride of our lives.  I have never been driven so fast in my life! I have also never screamed so loud in my life either! The car was tilting and swerving at a 45 degree angle over steep sand cliffs while we were bouncing and holding on for dear life. I literally thought the car was going to topple over and have an accident. The driver later told me that the second group had paid him to drive extra fast and that was why he was the most extreme dune basher among all the other drivers! But he was such a nice soul who took good care of us and I became good friends with him later.

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Although it was so scary at first, I started to have so much fun! The adrenaline was coursing through my veins and I started laughing and taking videos. There is also nothing like a seemingly near death experience to bond everyone in the car. I and the other group soon became fast friends and I learnt a lot about Dubai, camels and the Afghan culture from them.

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After dune bashing it was time for the camel ride! Camels are beautiful, tall and calm creatures. It is pretty easy to get on a camel but when it is getting up you can easily fall over so hold on tight!

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The next activity was the desert camp experience! There are so many things to do like henna, trying on traditional Arabian clothing, sand art and eagle handling. I tried everything but the eagle handling because there wasn’t enough time. The entertainment included a belly dancer, an illusionist spinning-type dancer, and a fire breather. The food was also pretty good. There was BBQ chicken, beef, rice and lots of salad and bread. I had a lot of fun!

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Most days are rarely perfect. I think the day of my Desert Safari was perfect and it is easily one of the top three experiences of my life. I loved every single thing about this experience, the people I met, the new things I tried and I am so happy I got to experience it with my mother. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed my post!

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Dubai: At The Top, Burj Khalifa

Dubai: At The Top, Burj Khalifa

I have a love for visiting the worlds largest things so it was impossible for me to visit Dubai without seeing the worlds tallest building, Burj Khalifa. Standing tall at a whopping 828m with over 160 floors, it is a truly unique building. When you drive around Dubai, Burj Khalifa is one of the first buildings you recognise because it is so tall and it towers over everything. No matter where I was, I could always spot this building, be it at the hotel, the market or the mall.

I read that it is better to book viewing tickets online than buy upfront because it is cheaper and quicker to move through the line. I ordered my tickets from atthetop.ae for the 5:30 viewing. However, the best time to visit Burj Khalifa is around 6:30 pm because that is when the sun is setting and the view is amazing then. Because of this, 6:30pm slots where fully booked for 2 days! so try to think about that before you book in advance.

Getting up to the top was surprisingly very quick, Burj Khalifa has the third fastest elevator in the world. The floors where moving like seconds and you couldn’t notice that you were so high up in air. We quickly got up to the observation deck and the view was amazing! There was also a little area after where I got to see the history of Burj Khalifa’s making and the people behind it. It was awesome.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get a picture of the building from the outside because you go through Dubai Mall to enter the building but here are some of the pictures I took!

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Thank you for viewing and I’ll see you soon! xx

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My Travel Bag Essentials: Dubai Edition 

My Travel Bag Essentials: Dubai Edition 

I am travelling to Dubai! It’s my first time going to the UAE and I am very excited. Whenever I see Dubai on TV it looks absolutely beautiful. I am travelling with my mother and I am very happy I finally get to see it in person. I plan to do all the basic tourist stuff like visiting the Burj Khalifa and having a desert safari ride. One thing I am really looking forward to do is riding a camel in the desert. It is such a unique experience that I’m sure I will always remember.

This will be an extensive post where I will cover my clothing, makeup and gadgets that I must have on this trip so grab some tea and enjoy!

Clothes

 

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In true tourist fashion I will mostly be wearing shirts and jeans. The main theme is a short-sleeved blouse, jeans and gladiator sandals. This outfit is pretty light and will be able to keep me cool in the hot Dubai weather. I also plan to carry a pashmina, to adhere to the Dubai dress code incase I am in a place where I need to dress more modestly.

Makeup

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My essential makeup items include lipstick, powder and eye makeup.  I already live in a very hot temperate climate (Nigeria) so I will easily adapt my makeup style to the Dubai weather.

Mac’s Ruby Woo and Taupe – My essential lipsticks include a nude lipstick for casual looks and a red lipstick if I feel dressy. I am carrying my absolute favorite lipsticks from Mac’s which are Ruby Woo and Taupe. These are my go to lipsticks that look good on any outfit or color.

Mac’s Mineralized Skin Finish Powder – Although I’m going to be wearing foundation, in hotter weathers it is good practice to carry a blotting powder for when you get sweaty and need to touch up your face. Mac’s Mineralized Skin Finish is perfect for this job!

Sleeks Mascara and Jordana’s Fabubrow pencil  – My essential eye makeup includes my eyebrow kit and my mascara! I am carrying my L.A Girl Pro concelear in Chesnut and my Jordana’s Fabubrow eyebrow pencil in Midnight brown. I am also using Sleeks Mascara.

Gadgets

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Canon 600D and Canon PowerShot SX700HS :-  I will be using these camera’s to shoot beautiful tourist-y pictures! I love my compact digital camera (Powershot) for a quick on the go picture but the DSLR (600D) will give you the perfect shot. Unfortunately the 600D has been discontinued but you can get the Canon PowerShot SX700HS on Amazon.

iPhone 6 and 5 :- I will be using my trusty iPhones to edit photos, post pictures on Instagram, Snapchat and listen to music! My favourite travel apps include

  • Uber – Whenever I need a Taxi I usually call an Uber but I will most likely be using Careem because I read that it is used more often in Dubai.
  • Trip Advisor – Gives reviews and tips on the best sights to see what to do when you’re in a destination.
  • Spotify – I love listening to my favorite music on the go. I utilize the offline features a lot when I’m traveling because I may not have access to Wifi in some places.

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Kindle :- Possibly one of my favorite gadgets and best £100 I ever spent, I can download a massive amount of books which will keep me company in long plane and car rides.  It’s such a great investment if you’re an avid reader of books. It is currently £89 and you can find it here. I am currently reading “The Shack” by William P. Young and it is so good!

Those are my travel essentials! I may be off the blog for a week while I enjoy Dubai but if I have time I will definitely do a travel series! Thank you for reading and I will see you soon!

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LONDON: Visiting The Victoria And Albert Museum

LONDON: Visiting The Victoria And Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert museum is the worlds largest museum of art and decorative design and the 7th largest art museum in the world. It is located in South Kensington and houses a collection of art spanning over 5000 years! It is pretty impressive.

To be honest I was not really looking forward to going to this museum. Art history bores me to death and I really wanted to go to a contemporary art museum but I actually had a pretty good time here!

Some of the pieces that really stuck out to me where the religious altar pieces. They were absolutely breathtaking and they all told a story of either Jesus or a Saint. My favourite altar piece was this gold-like wooden structure that depicted the story of Jesus. It was very intricate. The man who carved the alter piece even carved himself kneeling at Jesus’s feet. Almost all the alter pieces were either made in the 14th or 15th century! That is amazing!

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These artists really had no chill for Jesus when it came to their art….

I also saw some cool Japanese contemporary art, war equipments, buddhist sculptures and a vast collection of paintings and architecture which was really fun to look at. This museum is not a place you can see in a day. I know I said the exact same thing about my visit to the Natural History Museum but this is a thousand times worse. Its HUGE-ER!

Anyways I hope you enjoy the pictures of my visit and I’ll see you soon!

London: My experience at the ZSL London Zoo 

London: My experience at the ZSL London Zoo 

I have an irrational phobia for many animals like dogs and cockroaches. That being said, I should be the last person going to the zoo. However, this was something I really wanted to do before I leave the UK. The last time I came to the London zoo, I was only 1 years old! For some reason, the only memory I retained was holding my moms hand and looking up at the tallest giraffe.

I wanted to come back here to reconcile with my old memories and make new ones! I saw a lot of beautiful and strange animals that I usually only see on TV. I also noticed that zoo animals are much more calm in real life. 80% of the animals I saw were either sleeping or eating grass. Except for the monkeys, monkeys are crazy.

 The main highlight of my trip was seeing a gorilla . I believe I saw Kumbaka who is around my age and weighs 190 kg! It came out of the bushes and walked slowly around the perimeter of its enclosure before retreating into the bushes. They are truly majestic animals.

I am so glad I came and it is an experience I will probably not forget again.

 

Visit the ZSL London Zoo website for tickets and more information.

London: Visiting The Natural History Museum

I visited the Natural History Museum in London! This museum is located in South Kensington and is near other popular museums like the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

I love museums because they are educational, fun and there is always something to look at.

This place was HUGE! We walked around for over 3 hours and we were no where near done looking at the artefacts. This is a place you absolutely cannot see in a day.

I learnt mostly about geology while I was here because my brother studied geology. Besides all the rocks and cool fossils there were a lot of educational sections to learn about different aspects of the human body. I was like a kid at the candy store once I walked into the biology section. The biomedical scientist in me was ecstatic!

I experienced a computer simulated earthquake and I learnt about how they happen which was pretty cool. I also learnt about the history of the earth, from the big bang till now. I also saw a piece of DNA and a human brain! It really gives you a weird out of body experience seeing something like that.

Looking at all the animals and fossils in the exhibit I couldn’t help but wonder how they survived when they were alive. How did they adapt and feed? It’s crazy that these animals were alive millions of years before us. It’s crazier they’re extinct! How sway? How?

All in all it was an amazing experience and I would really like to visit here in the distant future.

I hope you enjoy the pictures!