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The road to Abu Dhabi

Updated: 2016-02-16T06:31:22.311-08:00


Road to Abu Dhabi


Well I think we are on day 11 and all is going well. We settled in quickly although there has been a lot to do. For a start the house was completely empty, no curtains, no furniture, no nothing, so a couple of trips to Ikea later (never want to see the place again, and I was that person with three trolleys) we have the house looking good and feeling comfortable although we don’t have curtains yet which means Nielsen’s singing echoes very loudly at ALL times. There are heaps of windows to cover and most of them are sliding doors, so that’s going to be quite a job.The children have all started school, Joss loves it and now walks there on his own, there is so much to do in his school and he is heading off at the beginning of Feb into the Desert for a three day trip. He is doing extra film studies and Cricket. They have amazing facilities, outdoor pools and playgrounds for all the separate ages. It’s quite something. He has made a good friend who he first thought was called Vixon, but it turns out he’s Dixon and he’s American. The school is like a hospital, all white, clinical, open plan. The kids each have a locker and they have a theatre and huge library with couches etc. The reception desk always has about four people on it. Joss’s school hours are 7:45 – 14:25 and then three days a week, it finishes at 15:45.Niels and Lotte started school this week, I kept them home with me for the first week just to slow things down a bit, they are on day four today and Lotte literally walked in with her hands on her hips and a smile. She talks about her friend J1, we haven’t figured his name out yet. Her class rep contacted me by email and has just been around for coffee, she’s Scottish and really nice. The class is having a family BBQ on Friday in a hotel nearby so that will be interesting. Their school hours are 08:00 – 14:45 every day apart from Tuesday when they finish at 1pm.Niels is taking a bit longer to settle into school as expected and his best friend is a boy called Julie! Julie turned out to be Julius from Germany and he has been really nice to Niels when he gets upset. He’s getting there but he does miss his friends in St. Patricks a lot.I thought I would find it very difficult dealing with two schools but it’s actually worked out really well. Joss loves me collecting him on my own and he feels like a teenager. He’s already been invited to a birthday party and it’s a girls one!!!So I am a stay at home Mom again which takes a bit of getting used to but it’s wonderful to be here for the kids, I love picking them up and my challenge this week is to talk to one different Mom outside the school every day, interesting as they are literally from everywhere, and there is a huge amount of English people. I’m finding myself busy with admin things, like internet, garden, facilities etc. We have two small pools in the garden (small is the word but it’s all we wanted) and they are not working so we are busy trying to get that going but we are having our first BBQ here this Sat so looking forward to that.Life is very different here, and there is a huge contrast between the expats living in their villas and the workers who come from Sri Lanka, India, The Philipines etc. They do everything for you, even in the car park of the supermarket someone has crept up behind you to lift your bags into the boot of your car.Yes I have got a cleaner, at the moment she’s only coming once a week, can’t imagine I’ll need her more although most people use them twice a week if they don’t have maids.These villas all have maids rooms with ensuites. They are tiny and I don’t really know how anyone could live there but they do. I really don’t plan to have a maid living with us. After two years of SEK students and our au pair, the greatest luxury for me is to live in our house on our own.Our Neighbours are really lovely. They are from Jordan and have two children, 10 and 6 who fit right in with ours and they came in for Joss’s birthday which was last Sat. They invited us in two nigh[...]