Occasionally I get the opportunity to step back in time and savour the sweet sensation of those pre-baby days when I had a fairly blossoming (and enjoyable) journalistic career. Today was one of those days because I had a meeting with an editor about an article I am writing for her.
Dressed to impress, I flung off the flip flops and I slid my soles into stilettos before heading to Media City – the area where all the publishing houses of Dubai are based (bizarrely we have a city for all sectors here including Academic City, Healthcare City, Internet City, International City, Endurance City [don’t ask, I haven’t got a clue]).
Parking down here is a bit of a free for all, but eventually I found an inch of free space on a vast sandy patch of wasteland that had become a makeshift car park. Checking first that my hair was in place and lipstick fresh, I started out on the short 100metre-walk to the publishing house.
Tell me, have you ever tried to walk on soft sand whilst wearing stilettos in temperatures pushing 43 degrees? Believe me, it’s not easy. With heels sinking into the dusty ground, I minced my way across the desert, twisting each ankle on every step. Laptop in one hand, executive handbag in the other this stumbling action was whipping up a sandstorm caking me head to toe in dust. My black suede shoes transformed into a dull grey, my powdered face was rapidly turning neon red and mascara started streaking down my damp cheeks. Beads of sweat began trickling south from my arse whilst my well-groomed hair collapsed in an instant and adopted that style normally reserved for floor mops.
With my eye focused on the office block – glistening like a desert oasis - I persevered with this comical strut until finally I arrived gasping and dripping and step into the icy igloo that was the air-conditioned office reception. Nipples instantly standing to attention along with a body full of goose bumps completed the overall dishevelled look.
Who says Dubai is glamorous?
Obviously with my confidence now at a peak, at that very moment being a mum seemed like the best career in the world.
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I set up this blog to reveal what real life is like here in the UAE - the good and the bad. I'll chat about what I've been up to, Dubai news and developments, my thoughts about expat life here (and in general) and reports about my holidays and adventures in the region (travel is my bag after all).