If it wasn’t for the heat, the wealth poured into this land shatter all feelings of being in the desert. It’s a resort getaway where you’re treated like royalty. No need to rub a magic lamp, just call down to the desk and they’ll get you whatever you want!
I arrived a day earlier than Brad and settled into our hotel. The next day I met up with the other wives and we waited anxiously for the hubbies to arrive. After 6 months of separation we were finally going to spend an amazing 4 days together. Of course, there wasn’t a specific time they were getting in, so the head bopping and peeking around corners looking for them was in full effect once it hit the projected time slot.
Finally, one by one the men started filing into the restaurant we were at. The look on everyone’s face was priceless as we all ran to each other. It was definitely a strange feeling of excitement, happiness, and yet awkwardness just because it had been so long. Brad and I definitely laughed about it; feeling like we were seeing a pen pal for the first time.
Anyway, enough of the gooey reunion tale, let’s move on!
For the first 3 nights Brad and I stayed at the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Spa. It’s located on the coast where the Palm Jumeira is. Even though it was right in front of us, we never saw the palm. I still wonder if we went to the roof if it was possible. Dubai is actually an extremely hazy place.
I was pretty jet lagged the first day so it was spent mostly recovering from the 24 hr flight. That night we joined up with the squadron for the “bailing” (goodbye) dinner for one of their mates. What happens when thousands of men are stuck on a boat for 40 sober days straight? They drink. And yes, that’s what we did.
That pretty much concluded the first day spent together: relaxing, kickin’ back with our buddies, and just being happy that we were finally back together.