Saturday, 29 October 2016

Koolivaheaeg Dubais

Tõenäoliselt pole ma ammu juba nii kurb olnud kui 24. ja 25. oktoobril, sest esiteks siis läks minu turistigrupp tagasi Eestise ning järgmisel hommikul saadavad sõbrad mulle pilte ja videoid Eesti esimesest lumest, vot nii suurt suusatamise isu pole juba ammu olnud. Peab vist varsti ikka Dubais suusatamas käima...
Esmaspäeval kulmineerusid kolm kesksemestri eksamit ning juba teisipäeval pärast tunde sain lubada peaaegu nädalapikkuse puhkuse Dubais. Tavaliseks rutiiniks sai hommikuti päikesevõtmine ning õhtuti vaatamisväärtuste külastamine. Kunagi, kui igas seitsmes emiraadis on käidud, peaks tegema iga emiraadi kohta vist põhiliste külastuskohtade listi, sest uskuge mind, peale Dubai on sellel riigil rohkematki pakkuda. Dubais tegime loomulikult kohustusliku Burj Khalifa ringi ning vaatasime purskkaeve, käisime Dubai Mall-is (, kus eksisime ära rohkem kordi kui kahe käel sõrmi on), käisime Dubai Outlet Mall-is ning veetsime aega Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR) alal. Ühe päeva veetsime ka Abu Dhabis, kus tundsin end palju kodusemalt ning sai tehtud turvaline Sheikh Zayed peamošee, ülikooli, Emirates Palace, Corniche ja keskturu (Central Souk) tiir.
Südame tegid kindlasti soojemaks kohvriga kaasa tulnud vanaema kotletid otse Reolast! Ma pole juba ammu midagi nii-nii head saanud (ma olen maailma suurim vanaema kotlettide fänn). Lisaks sellele oli kaasas kõik, mida minu hing vähegi ihkas: kohupiim, hapukoor (tatrapudru jaoks), mitu pätsi musta leiba, purk marineeritud seeni, detsembrikuuks pakk verivorste, juustu, šokolaade ja kirju koer. Kaasa oli võetud ka paar õuna, mille kodune maitse pole kohalike Lumivalgekese punaste õuntega võrreldavgi.
Ülimalt hea oli siinsest ülikoolimullist välja saada ja normaalset ja aktiivset elu elada. Pealegi joonistus aina tugevamini minu jaoks väja erinevused Abu Dhabi ja Dubai vahel ning miks mulle Dubai rohkem meeldiks. Siinkohal, ma arvan, et pildid räägivad enda eest. Nüüd aga tagasi koolirutiini!

I think I haven't been this sad for a while. Two things happened roughly at the same time: my tourist group had to go back to Estonia and the next day my friends kept flooding me with pictures of first snow at home. I was jealous; I guess I have to go to Dubai indoor skiing centre to try it out...
On Monday, I finished three of my mid-terms and on Tuesday I packed my suitcases after my last class and headed to Dubai for a holiday. Most of the days started with taking the sun in the mornings and continued with sightseeing in the afternoon. I genuinely feel that after I have visited all the seven emirates, I should do an ultimate travel guide for each of them, because there is so much more to see besides Dubai. Of course, we visited Burj Khalifa and the dancing fountains, went to Dubai Mall (where we were lucky enough to get lost a lot more than one could even count), Dubai Outlet Mall and spent time at Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR). I insisted spending one day at Abu Dhabi, where I could feel myself like a fish in the sea. I did the typical tour of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, university, Corniche, Emirates Palace and Central Souk.
I was deeply touched by the nice gesture from my granny who had made minced meat patties that were delivered to me by my mum. In addition, I was spoiled with curd cheese, sour cream (people in UAE also know it as smetana) for my buckwheat porridge, black rye bread, pickled mushrooms, blood sausages, cheese, chocolate, and a homemade cake out of chocolate and cookies called Colourful Dog (direct translation). I was also lucky enough to eat few apples from home that actually had a nice taste and didn't look like ones from the Snow White movie.
It was a nice change to get out of the school routine and live a normal life. It was also a great way to see differences between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, since, by their nature, are two very different cities. I think,in this case, pictures will tell more than words. I will be heading back to school!

JBR

JBR

Vaade JBR-le rannast/the view to JBR from the beach


Emaga Burj Khalifa ees/in front of Burj Khalifa with my mum





JBR õhtutuledes/JBR at night

Metroodes tuleb hoolega tähele panna, milline on naiste vagun, milline Kuldklassi ning milline tavaklassi/In metro you have to pay close attention to which vagons are for females and families, which for Gold Class and which ones are for ordinary people.

Siin pildil kannan enda isiklikku abayat, mille soetasin umbes 40 euroga/In this picture I wear an abaya that I bought with approximately 40 euros.

Turistigrupp Etihadi tornide ees/me and my tourist group in front of the Etihad Towers.

Emirates Palaces teed ja kohvi joomas. Minu seljataga oli tšellist, kes mängis terve selle aja/At the Emirates Palace for afternoon tea and coffee. There was a cellist playing behind me the entire time.








Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Pöidlad pihus

Just-just kukkusid väga oluliste otsuste tähtajad. Otsused, mida ma siin ülikoolis kõige olulisemateks pean on seotud minu reisimisega: kas NYU AD võimaldab mulle teha välissemestrit ja j-termi just seal kus mina seda tahan? Jaanuarikuuga on asi kindel, sain enda esimese valiku ning seega Abu Dhabi ning kolme nädalaga olen ühe kohustusliku aine võrra jälle lõpetamisele lähemal. Teisalt annab see mulle järgmisel aastal vabaduse reisida sinna, kuhu ma ise tahan. Praegu keerlevad mõtted Sydney, Accra ja Buenos Airese ümber. Enne seda tuli ära otsustada ka kus veeta kevadsemester. Avaldust ise hakkasin täitma mais, juuni alguseks pidi see esitatud olema ning juuli lõpus või augusti alguses sain NYU Abu Dhabi poolt jaatava vastuse. See aga ei ole lõplik! Kui Abu Dhabi voorust saad jaatava vastuse, siis edasi lähevad avaldused suurde NYU-ülesse lõppvooru, kus välissemestritele kandideerivad nii Abu Dhabi, Shanghai kui ka New Yorgi õpilased. Kokku kestab seega kogu protsess umbes 5 kuud. Tulemused pidid esialgsetel andmetel välja tulema 10. oktoobril. Kui koolipäev läbi ja mingeid uudiseid veel polnud, hakkasime aimama, et tõenäoliselt peame arvestama, et kirju saadetakse New Yorgis, niisiis mõtlesime strateegilistele kellaaegadele ja arvutasime endale sobiva ajavööndi järgi tõenäolised kirja saabumise ajad. Ikka mitte midagi. Kuna võime keskenduda oli nullilähedane, otsustasin magama minna ja hommikul varem tõusta, siis peab kiri postkastis olema ning siis suudan ka keskenduda. Jah, lõpuks, kohaliku aja järgi kell kolm oligi minu emailile potsatanud kiri juhistega, kuidas kinnitada oma valik. Olingi saanud Pariisi. Olen juba viimased kuu aega otsinud välja need 50 kohta, mida Pariisis/Prantsusmaal peab nägema, printinud välja kaarte ning teinud reisiplaane. Lõpuks tasus see kõik ära!
Viimastel nädalavahetustel olen rahulikumalt võtnud ning rohkem kodustele tegevustele keskendunud, sest kohe varsti on eesootamas lühendatud nädalavahetus (eelnevate riigipühade toimumise tõttu) ning pärast seda on kesksemestri eksamid. See aasta olen tõesti õnnelikum. 12 aastat Eesti koolisüsteemi on mind pigem kokku laulatanud eksamite ja kodutöödega kui filosoofiliste kirjanditega.
Nüüd lähen endale aga abayat ostlema. Sellest aga juba järgmine kord!

It is this time of the year again when the students of NYUAD are getting to know their final decisions of their study away and j-terms.In my opinion, struggling to find perfect study away site and j-term location are the most difficult ones in students' lives right now. Last year Shanghai was my second choice, fortunately, this year I received my first choice which was Abu Dhabi. I desperately wanted to stay here to finish one of my many requirements for Political Science. Staying in Abu Dhabi this j-term is also liberating because it means that next year I can once again travel around the world for a month. Hopefully, I can spend j-term in 2018 in Accra, Sydney or Buenos Aires. Before the next j-term, I also had to choose where do I want to spend my spring semester. The application process started in May and had to be completed by June 1. Then in late July or early August, they gave us initial confirmation. Those who received positive initial results from NYU Abu Dhabi knew that this is not final because  New York has to approve it as well. The second round means that students from all three campuses have to compete with each other to secure the places. The whole process so far took approximately 5 months. We were supposed to receive final confirmation on October 10, but as classes passed and no results were released, we assumed that probably they will send all the letters from New York. We thought what would be logical, yet strategic times when they would send the letters. We calculated everything according to right time zones, but nothing. Due to excitement and inability to focus, I decided to go to sleep early and start studying early morning when I have the results. The letter said YES. This meant that all my google searches for '50 places you must see in Paris/France', late night obsessions and planning trips finally paid off!
All in all, I have taken things rather slowly here and thus, I do not have a lot of news. Due to a number of Islamic holidays at the beginning of the school year, we now have to face weeks without weekend since free days were substituted with school days. Yet I cannot complain. This year is much better since I actually will have exams, not only philosophical essays. I guess following Estonian curriculum for 12 years, did leave its mark.
Now I am off to buy an abaya!

2 aastat tagasi Pariisis/2 years ago in Paris

Emirates Palace



A6

Wagnerit kuulamas/Listening to Wagner

Mosaiik Emirates Palaces/Mosaic in the Emirates Palace

Ühikas/This is my dorm building for this semester

Giulia, Katrini ja Veronikaga