Thursday, 19 January 2017

Suur pildipostitus!

Veel jaauarikuu pean Abu Dhabis veetma enne, kui saan naasta Eestisse ning sealt lennata edasi Pariisi. Ma ei ole juba ammu midagi nii-nii väga oodanud kui vahetussemestrit, sest see on ikkagi üks mu lemmiklinnadest.
Pärast üht ebaõnnestunud ning üht õnnestunud katset koju saada, oli aeg kokku kutsuda kõik, keda polnud viimased paar kuud jälle näinud. Peamiselt veetsin aega Tartus, kuid 10 päeva sisse mahtus ka käik Tallinna ning ebaõnnestunud katse minna mäele suusatama (õues oli kuus kraadi sooja ja padusadu).
Nüüd olen ma jälle otsaga Araabias, aga enne kui veel kui kodupoole tulema saan hakata, võõrustan oma turistigruppi nr 2! Õigem oleks vist öelda, et võõrustan lihtsalt turisti, aga ikkagi. Mul on ääretult hea meel, kui inimesed leiavad mahti siiapoole maailma külla tulla, sest omaseid ei näe ju nii tihti ja niisama pikale nädalavahetusele siit Araabiast nagu ka väga ei tule. Taolised turistigrupid on mulle endalegi kasulikud, sest see tõstab mind rohkem mugavusstoonist välja  linna avastama.
Elis tuli üpris õigel ajal külla, sest väljas on normaalne temperatuur, millega kannatab õues jalutada ning isegi akent saab lahti hoida. Nädalapikkusesse reisi mahtus lisaks Abu Dhabile veel reis Al Aini. Al Ain on Omaani piiri läheduses mäejalamil asuv linn, milles pole pilvelühkujaid ning kus elutempo on kordades rahulikum. Seal toimus Wadi Adventure Race. Mis kujutas endast rasket rada, kus tuli ujuda, päästepaatidele ronida, pallide peal hüpata, maas roomata, seinadel ronima ning neist üle hüppama, köiel kõndima jms. Iga atraksiooni vahele jäi nii 100-200 meetrit jooksu ning seetõttu kujuneski 5-kilomeetrine teekond 55 minuti pikkuseks. Üritus ise oli aga super! Video eelmistest kordadest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eYJmE04Ox4
Lisaks jooksule käisime ka mägedes, kus oli Omaani piiri ja küla näha, kohaliku võõrustajaga teed joomas ja nägime natuke linna. Kokkuvõttes oli reis igati kordaläinud. Abu Dhabis näitasin ikka põhilisi Eastern Mangroves- Corniche-Grand Mosque- Central Souq & World Trade Center- Emirates Palace-The Galleria-Yas Mall & F1 Circuit- Saadiyat Island-Fruit & Date Market piirkondi ning kohti. Kogu ringiliikumine aitas J-Termi paremini üle elada ning end paremini linnaga siduda ning uusi kohti leida.
Kuigi praegune ilm on eestlasele Araabias igati sobilik, siis ausaltöeldes olen ma üpris elevil pelgalt mõttest, et järgmised neli kuud veedan ühes oma lemmiklinnas. Juba järgmises postituses kirjutan oma seiklustest, mis algasid juba kaugelt enne Pariisi lennuki peale asumist.
Ma tean, piltide kvaliteet pole suurepärane, aga oleme ka hullemat näinud, ma arvan!

This year I had to spend my January (also known as J-Term) in Abu Dhabi before I could go back at home for a couple of days to change my luggage and head to France. I don't think I have waited for something that long and much as I have for Paris.
After one unsuccessful and one successful flight to home, it was time to meet all of my beloved friends and family before heading back to the UAE. Most of the time was spent in Tartu, my hometown, but I also managed to go to annual Sportstars of the Year gala event in Tallinn along with a trip to Kuutsemäe in hope to ski for a bit (that, unfortunately, was impossible due to heavy rain and plus 6 degrees).
Right now, I am back in Abu Dhabi. Before I could head back to home, I promised to host my tourist group nr 2. I guess, grammatically it would be correct to say just tourist since she was my high school friend from Miina Härma Gümnaasium. I am so glad that people finally have to courage to come to the Middle East, because for many, unfortunately, it does not seem as a safe place. To be honest, I love having people from home around here. It gives me the motivation to show the best of Abu Dhabi, do fun activities and explore new places within the city.
Elis came here on right time, the weather is perfect for exploring the country! We did not stay in Abu Dhabi for the whole week, but we also visited a city in the desert, but still in Abu Dhabi emirate, called Al Ain. The city that is situated in the close proximity of Oman border also lacks skyscrapers. In that city, Wadi Adventure Race was held. If I would be the one to describe, I would conclude it by saying it was the toughest 5 km I have ever experienced. The track included crawling, jumping on boats, swimming, using monkey bars, balance exercises and sometimes running (the longest distance was like 200 meters). This is the reason, why only 5 km long race turned out to be 55 minutes long. The event itself was incredible and we were loaded with positive energy! Video from last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eYJmE04Ox4
In addition to running, we also visited the mountains of Al Ain, where we saw the border and the closest village! The overall trip in the UAE was pretty cool and I, personally, enjoyed it a lot! In Abu Dhabi, we stuck to familiar  Eastern Mangroves- Corniche-Grand Mosque- Central Souq & World Trade Center- Emirates Palace-The Galleria-Yas Mall & F1 Circuit- Saadiyat Island-Fruit & Date Market route.
Although the current climate is suitable for an Estonian, I am glad and excited to leave for Paris. In my upcoming post, I will brief you with the challenges I faced far before I could even depart from Estonia to Paris!
Sorry for the poor quality of the photos!
Stay tuned!

Dubai Miracle Garden (5 pilti/photos)




 Corniche (2 pilti/photos)

 Al Ain (3 pilti/photos)


 Puu- ja juurviljaturg; Fruit and vegetable market (2 pilti/photos)

 Mangroovid/ Eastern Mangroves (2 pilti/photos)

 Sheik Zayedi-nimeline peamošee/Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (3 pilti/photos)


 Vormel 1 rada/F1 Circuit (6 pilti/photos)





 Emirates Palace (3 pilti/photos)


 Abu Dhabi Marina (3 pilti/photos)







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