The flight to Dubai was awfully tiring. I was seated on the left side in the aircraft so I missed the view over The Palm. Dubai International Airport is big. A long walk to get to the train that took us to passport control and baggage claim. The whole procedure took more than an hour.
Before leaving Stockholm I checked how to get to the hotel from the airport. Metro line no 1, 3 stops. Info tells me it costs 2-3 dirhams. Brilliant. Same line 16 stops away will take me to the centre of Dubai. Great start. So, an hour and a half later I find my way to the Metro. Opens 5.50. What to do. Taxi? No way! Traveling for a whole year doesn’t aloud me paying for taxi every time I feel a bit lazy. Coffee and wifi, that is what I need while waiting for the Metro to open.
I order the coffee and I find myself a nice spot. The gentleman sitting opposite greats me with a friendly smile and that is all it takes for us to start a conversation. Simon is from UK and has been living in Dubai for the past 10 years. He gives me a lot of tips on what to do and of course I won’t make it all since my time here is limited.
But that is not the point, the point is that this is exactly what I love about traveling. Meeting people, having nice conversations. Hopefully this beginning will set the tone for the rest of my journey.
It is 5 am, time for prayer is announced with the song I don’t understand a word of. But it is beautiful and it gives me a feeling of good.