|A great place to park the car.|
After 2 years in Dubai, there are so many 'Dubai' things that are just normal now, that I rarely even think about.
We're heading home for a holiday in a couple of months and they'll be all these things that I'm suddenly reminded of again. It's likely I'll have reverse culture shock and things that will seem different. Such as:
* A big empty block of land (sand) is not a carpark.
* Bottle shops. I haven't been inside a bottle shop since I was last in Australia almost a year and a half ago.
* Having to get out of my car to put petrol in it.
* Having to park my own car when I go out for dinner.
* The speed limit will be actually what the signs says instead of 20km more.
* When you meet someone new asking "what do you do?" instead of"where are you from?" or "how long have you been here?"
* When you go out it's not all you can eat and drink.
* Having to pay $3 for a bottle of water instead of 25c.
* Talking to someone on the phone and they'll understand me.
* Going into a shop and being called "love" instead of "madam"
* Asking how to get somewhere and getting an address instead of "Well you drive past the Address hotel and turn right at the Carrefour and you'll see a ramp, go past the ramp and you'll see two glass doors and a big pot plant, park in the righthand car park and then call me and I'll come and get you."
* Having to use indicators. Shamefully my use of indicators has dropped off, just like everyone else in Dubai.
* I'll have to remember how to reverse park. Something I rarely do these days.
* Re-learning my own language - being able to say "tomato sauce", "thongs" and "How's it going?" without receiving strange looks.
* Not receiving cheery "hellos" wherever I go.