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In Search Of a Better Life

In Search Of a Better Life

(Post by CATHERINE SUNDHER) The majority of the eight million people living in the UAE, are poor migrant labourers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh; all driven here by poverty and despair. Riding austere white buses, every read more

Preserving Ancient Traditions in Modern Times

Preserving Ancient Traditions in Modern Times

(Post by CATHERINE SUNDHER) Each year, the United Arab Emirates celebrates one of the largest beauty pageants in the world — for camels! During the festival, this normally sleepy western region comes alive. It’s an incredible read more

Abu Dhabi Health Care – Expect the Unexpected

Abu Dhabi Health Care – Expect the Unexpected

(Post by CATHERINE SUNDHER) A pressing issue for everyone today is health care. It’s not something I think about often, but when illness strikes, today’s concerns move to the back burners becoming tomorrow’s non-issues. Not until read more

Smile, Breathe and Slow Down

Smile, Breathe and Slow Down

(Post by CATHERINE SUNDHER) There’s nothing like a holiday for reflecting where you’ve been, examining where you are and daydreaming where you’d like to be. This year’s annual vacation transported us from our little apartment in read more

30 Days of Ramadan

30 Days of Ramadan

(Post by CATHERINE SUNDHER) Excitement’s in the air as 1.7 billion Muslims throughout the world celebrate the much revered and auspicious month of Ramadan. It begins with the crescent moon sighting, which this year was on read more

Will I Have to Wear a Burqa?

Will I Have to Wear a Burqa?

(Post by CATHERINE SUNDHER) Will I have to wear a burqa? That certainly was a question I wondered about before moving to the Middle East. As I truly embraced the freedoms and opportunities that “my western read more

112˚F and Climbing Fast!

112˚F and Climbing Fast!

(Post by CATHERINE SUNDHER) Living on the edge of the largest sand desert in the world “the Empty Quarter” does indeed present its challenges. While I’ve intensely embraced the months of endless sunshine and blue skies, read more

Dinner is a Whole New Adventure in Abu Dhabi

Dinner is a Whole New Adventure in Abu Dhabi

(Post by CATHERINE SUNDHER) What’s for dinner? That’s usually a question high on our priority list no matter where we find ourselves. It certainly didn’t take us long to discover that our options on this compact read more

Living Abroad: First Impressions

Living Abroad: First Impressions

(Post by CATHERINE SUNDHER) Living in the Middle East was not something we were contemplating two years ago. At that time, we were comfortably situated in Victoria, British Columbia—a tourist destination known for its mild climate, beautiful read more