Like many of you who read this blog, I love to travel. As a child growing up on a ranch on the Canadian prairies, I often dreamt of traveling to interesting places. I have been fortunate as an adult to have been able to do some traveling to places such as the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, England, Spain, Alaska and various parts of Canada and the United States. But when I was invited by Don and Sheila MacArthur to visit them while they were working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), I was in for a trip of a lifetime.
The minute I got off the plane in Dubai, I realized that this was going to be an entirely different and unique experience. Don and Sheila were the perfect hosts of course and made sure I was shown a wonderful time. Trips to Oman, the wadi, an archaeological dig, a traditional fishing village, an abandoned village, museums, shopping at the fabulous souks and attending an exciting camel race were on the agenda. Don even arranged to have his jeep break down so we could be rescued by Arabs in brilliant white dishdashas. I got to taste the local food, try on an abaya, go dune bashing and even ride a camel in the desert. I kept pinching myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.
In two short weeks I saw and did so much and loved every minute of it. I came back with a suitcase full of gorgeous fabric, hundreds of photographs and fabulous memories. This trip was so remarkable; I decided to write a book about it. The book, Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask, has now been e-published and can be found here if you would like to learn more about it.
Of course once you start to travel, you just want to see more of the world don’t you.
“The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page.” St. Augustine