It’s been a crazy 3 weeks of packing up the old and unloading into the new. Today is officially our 1st week in the United States of America. If you’ve been following my posts, I’m sure you’ve read it in my last post that The Husband and I have officially left Dubai for good! This plan has long been brewing and we are just ecstatic that it finally pulled through J
In those past weeks, I’ve realized that I am officially a global citizen, a person who moves from country to country with seemingly no permanent home. This move from Dubai to the USA is my second move, the part two or the second chapter I would say of my global citizen story. Coincidentally, the luggage I’ve brought with me has increase from a single suitcase to two suitcases. I think that I did have a lot more to bring with me after living in Dubai for almost two years…
Part 1: Leaving
Dubai has been kind to us in many aspects, which somehow is a pain to leave.
We have left behind tax-free income, which actually helped us save and enjoy a comfortable life in more ways than one. We have left behind ultra-cheap gas prices, which are surprisingly much cheaper than water that the desert is obviously bereft of. We have left behind one-phone call, free deliveries for ready to eat food and groceries. Yes, they’d deliver ONE sweet corncob or one cigarette stick (not that I smoke, but an acquaintance did this as an experiment) for FREE. I (The Husband not a public tranpo user) left behind an easily accessible public transportation system. We lived 5 minutes away from a train station and beside hotel apartments where we can easily hail down a taxi. We also left behind the convenience of being 15 minutes (or less) away from almost everything that matters: the office, the mall, the park and more. We left behind the comfort of having a bidet in the toilets from our personal toilet to the gold plated ones at the Burj Al Arab to the dingiest ones at public parks or at highway gas stations. Believe me you, the bidet makes an insane difference in cleanliness down there…both in the front and behind.
And, most importantly and unexpectedly, we have left behind a handful good friends, who have been tried, true and through the frustrating Dubai life with us. Yes, we were hair pulling, gut wrenching frustrated with the city and its people most of the time.
Hence, we are still so relieved to have left.
Part 2: Taking
But despite the anxiety of leaving behind comforts and convenience of living in a bustling city, we have taken along many good memories and life lessons.
Mostly, for The Husband and I, Dubai was about the food. I will always remember it to be the most underrated culinary destination in the world. It is in this country that I have soaked up so many authentic culinary cultures in one go: Indian, Yemeni, Iraqi, Sri Lankan, Egyptian, Dutch, Lebanese, Emirati, Japanese, Pakistani, Turkish, Korean, Iranian, Moroccan, Ethiopian, Omani and more, brought by the multitude of expats who have made Dubai and the rest of the UAE their temporary homes. Many of which I have not documented on this blog, but I assure you that most have been ingrained into my taste memory, yummy to the tummy plus enriching for the mind and weary spirit. This I will truly miss.
Through my stay in Dubai, I will always remember that no matter how modern, luxurious and forward thinking a city looks, it still can be outdated, impoverished and backward. I came to Dubai with an open mind and circumstances given and set by the people running and living in the city could have forced me to shut it, feeding on stereotypes that the city seems to nurture so well. But I am proud to say that I still am keeping an open mind and that things are and will be different from place to place, from culture to culture.
I will always remember the old friendships I have forged despite the distance and the new ones I have built albeit the short amount of time (I lived in Dubai for a year and 10 months). Maintaining relationships, at the same time, establishing some was a struggle for me, a delicate balance between time and space, juggling time zones between Dubai, Manila and New York, and energy as there was only one little me to go around. Thank God and mankind for technology of today: the Internet and Blackberry Messenger, which have been my lifelines for the duration of my stay.
I would say that Dubai has truly prepared us to dive into the next chapter of our lives as global citizens. We’ve left some, sacrificed some of those little things, and yet taken a lot of the more important things to mind, heart and spirit.
USA, we are so ready for you!
Delirious about delicious,