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Back in the UAE: Sharjah

UAE Views
We had a visit from a friend who is an amazing photographer so thankful for that.

I decided to take a one year Visiting Professor of Psychology position at the American University of Sharjah so we packed up for our third time living in the UAE. We do love it there and I was eager to spend time with my brother and his wife who live in Dubai again.

In our previous years in country, Sharjah was mostly a place we went through on our way to the huge booze store in the emirate past this one. Sharjah is not known for it’s party atmosphere as it is dry (no alcohol) and much more conservating. But we found out it has lovely museums and old places to visit. It has a nice water front although possibly not bikini frolicking area.

There was a new mall near us plus two smaller ones with Carrefour and Spinneys (grocery stores we like) in them. We also had a great medical center and tons of restaurants and movie theaters around.

Campus Views

My favorite jaunt was the huge fruit and vegetable souk and fish market which is now inside and air conditioned but still has a very market feel to it. The range of offerings is incredible and I miss that a lot. We made weekly trips there given how many visitors came to stay. That actually was the best part of our year as we had back-to-back family and friends staying with us. It pushed us to not be complacent and to get out and explore more which is always a good thing. Anytime I get my family to visit is a good time

Lots of Riding for Charlotte

Places we enjoyed:

Al Wasit Wetland Centre

Arabian Tea House

House of Wisdom

Khor Fakkan beach and damn area

Al Mamzar Beach Park

Sharjah Central Souk

Archeology museum

Al Majaz Waterfront

We had a house on the campus which was in a beautiful university city area. Loads of gorgeous manicured gardens around us and it was lovely and quiet. Sometimes a little too quiet but overall a wonderful year.

Sharjah waterfront
Good food at the Arabian Tea House

Lake District in the UK: Keswick

We decided to spend some time in the Lake District in the UK for fall (Florida being just too hot to feel autumnal) and take Grandma along. We again used house swapping points as this is quite a pricey area to stay in. We had a great house just off the main street of Keswick shops and restaurants and could walk the entire town.

It reminded us a lot of Colorado in many ways as we were just about the only people not wearing high tech walking and hiking shoes and outfits. We had no fancy walking sticks or even a dog (Darwin stayed home this time) as did just about every person in the Lakes area! Still we enjoyed gentle walks and boat rides on various lakes in the area.

We also headed north to Hadrian’s Wall and then into Scotland briefly.

It was lovely weather overall and just a little chilly on the boats but nothing horrible. We did have to wrap up from the rain and Charlotte found a great riding school where thankfully we could watch her from the car as it was raining quite heavily (they battled on regardless).

It’s another incredibly beautiful spot in the UK. Very well worth a visit in any season.

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