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Monthly Archive for June, 2018

Day #14: Tokyo

After our late arrival, we slept in this morning until around 9am. We had breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant (Lavarock) using the conveniently provided vouchers for free breakfast thanks to my Marriott status. It’s a surprisingly good breakfast buffet w/ my personal favorites being the Asian specialities (steamed buns, dumplings, etc.) and delicious array of […]

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Day #13: Dubai to Tokyo

This was really just a travel day with a departure from Dubai at 8:30am on an Emirates Boeing 777-200LR, arriving in Tokyo-Haneda around 10:30pm. Here’s our precise route as flown during the 9:20 flight: A few items of interest… We flew over the western end of the Himalayas. Since it was day time, nice weather, […]

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We started our day early–as I’m sure most folks do–at 7:30am with a camel ride. If I’m honest, the experience was both kind of thrilling and mildly terrifying. Camels, as you can see, are in fact very tall animals. They also kind of lumber when they walk… at least that’s the sensation from atop. It’s […]

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This morning we checked out of our hotel in Dubai and drove to Ras Al Khaimah via a slightly longer route than needed in order to visit the emirates of Fujairah and Ajman, as well as Sharjah (boosting Emerson’s country count). Our destination was the Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi Desert Resort, which I picked because we […]

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Today we drove to Abu Dhabi to visit two sites: the spectacular Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. We started with the mosque (which Libby and I had visited previously), which I think can speak well enough for itself: What one feels about this or any other religion, it’s difficult to believe […]

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