sarah vs the world

Not a video game, not a comic, not a band, but an amazing adventure continues...

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Magical Mystery Tour Begins...

So I have finally left Doha for good. Pretty sure that there won't be anything I will miss, however, I am sure if I owned a car I would miss the cheap petrol. But needless to say I am carless and homeless pretty much so it doesn't really bother me. If only the tube rides were cheaper...

Yes that's right. I arrived in London just in time for New Years Eve which was amazing. Dancing the night away to all my favourite 80s hits with Tracey Bravo and friends. Also spent time with Dawn and her brother's family at a black tie and tiara party in the infamous "had to go to Dubai because the Doha shop burnt down" dress! And this is where London starts...

Let's back track a bit because I am sure you are all dying to see my amazing photos of the Maldives. We arrived on Christmas Day in our very small seaplane which of course freaked me out a bit. We had flown all night so all of us actually fell asleep on the half hour seaplane ride from the airport to our private island. They picked us up in a buggy and drove us to our little houses on poles. So basically for 3 days we sat on the beach, snorkelled, got tan, drank and ate fantastic food. The islands are amazing and flying over them was actually a lot better than I imagined. Here are a few photos from the trip:

Our Seaplane

Our drinks upon arrival

Our houses on poles from the sky

The infamous day bed

Christmas Tree Maldivian Style courtesy of AG

Laura and I at the bottom of my steps

Dinner one night

All of us girls lounging near the daybed

The Snorkelling Bond Girl...hehehe

Overall it was pretty amazing. I highly recommend it. And family, LOOK OUT, I think this is where I pick to go for my 30th Birthday trip. It was sensational. And it only sprinkled with rain one day for about 20 minutes. Otherwise it was lovely. I am looking mighty tan for the cold and blustery UK folk here. It is great.

Also back tracking a bit more, just before we went to the Maldives, we went on a bit of a 4 wheeling day through the desert. It was me, Amy Wee, Philby, Dawn, Laura and Ben. Basically since there weren't that many people left and most of us bar Philby had never even gone on one before, Amy Wee put her organising hat on and put the trip together in no time. They drove us out really quite far into the desert and it was amazing because for the first time of my entire stay in Doha, I saw something other than plain flat land as far as the eye could see. Sand dunes everywhere. It was fantastic. And camels. I think we were supposed to ride them, but we didn't. So we trekked off in the four wheel drive with an amazing driver who didn't speak very much called Asheraff. He might have been quiet but he sure could drive. We got air on several occasions and absolutely rocked out over the rest of our little caravan of Nissan Patrols. So after a day of dune bashing they cooked us a nice little BBQ arab style and then we headed back into Doha. They have to let the tires down for driving on the sand so after a quick pit stop to fill them back up again, we were on the pavement and sleeping. It was a nice thing to do in Doha before we left. The weather was lovely and we saw a part of Doha that didn't totally suck. Here are a few happy snaps from the day:





So arrived in London just fine. Feeling very cold after the Maldives and now as I sit here with my runny nose and sore throat, I remember what winter is actually like. One day at home, then I will be back out on the streets of London, taking photos everywhere! Trying to figure out the tube and the buses, but I ventured out even after just one day and went to see Megan Tidd(Retka) and Aaron Retka for Thai dinner. Pretty cool stuff actually. Getting around here is amazing. Will definitely be off to a few shows, go to Portabello Road like in Bedknobs and Broomsticks, ride on the London Eye and of course see Buckingham Palace. I have already been 2m away from the Queen during the Comm Games though, so now is my chance to have Prince William see me, fall madly in love with me and make me the next princess of England. Ok, actually that would probably suck a lot, but hey, everyone can dream right? Will upload some photos of London when I have a few more actually worth looking at. I have already been to Big Ben, Covent Garden, the London Eye (but not on it), Harrods, the Thames and a few other places. Even had myself a pint and a pub meal. Oh how I missed the pub meals.

I have even had to get more pages put into my passport because there aren't any more places to stamp. This is now the complete list of countries I have now been to (and of course, some are stamped 2 and 3 times depending on the place). There are a total of 42 stamps officially, plus a heap of cancelled visas!

1. Australia
2. Singapore
3. New Zealand
4. Malaysia
5. Japan
6. France
7. Denmark
8. Qatar
9. Oman
10. Maldives
11. United Arab Emirates

Well many more to add on the world tour. Hope you are all well and had a fabulous New Year!

Lots of love and luck in 2007,
Sarah

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