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7:20 am - Alarm sounds. I wake up, look around the room, and remember I’m in Abu Dhabi. Like woah.
8:03 am - Lost in the maze that is Sama Tower. Guy on second floor stares at me and my roommate. We press the elevator call button a bunch.
8:22 am - The air conditioner drips on me while sitting in the Dining Hall. I twitch.
9:57 am - Feeling super jealous of the guys in the corner suite on the eighth floor. They have a bathtub!
10:24 am - Sitting in the Shanghai decorated lounge on the eighth floor, debating the pros and cons of different study away sites. Red is a nice color.
12:14 pm - Walking to the bus headed for Ikea – it feels like a sauna outside. So humid.
12:20 pm - Someone spots a Burger King out the window; the logo is in Arabic but still completely recognizable since it retains the same colors and shape. Probably never going to eat there, but still.
1:47 pm - Mission: find a shower caddy in Ikea – FAILED
Mission: find a combination extension cord/adaptor – SUCCESS
3:32 pm - The bus is stuck in traffic. Forgot to eat lunch before heading out, and now my stomach has realized its deprival. I haven’t had food since eight.
Did I mention the humidity?
4:06 pm - Shopping at Plug-ins (electronic store) in Marina Mall and I hear someone say “Hey!” from across the bin of DVDs. It’s a fellow freshman that attended my candidate weekend and I haven’t seen him since April. We extend our arms to dramatically embrace above the DVDs, and then decide to buy Kill Bill.
5:53 pm - My RA baked chocolate chip cookies with Oreos inside them. Yeah. I still haven’t eaten since breakfast and resist the urge to have 20.
6:07 pm - Two of my roommates are on the phone with family members – in two different languages: one Korean, the other Romanian.
8:53 pm - Walking in Downtown Abu Dhabi with two roommates. The humidity is still there, don’t you worry, though it gets better as I accept the fact that I am slightly damp all over.
9:03 pm - We pick up juices from Lebanese Flower restaurant.
9:30 pm - Finally we make it to the Corniche and walk along the edge of the water, our feet in the Arabian Gulf. (I’m not supposed to say Persian Gulf, apparently.)
10:15 pm - We meet up with one roommate’s mom who lives in Abu Dhabi. She has Knafeh with her. (Read: delicious cheesy Lebanese food.) Sitting in the grass, we chow down.
11:28 pm - Last move: we grab a taxi to Al Safa, a hypermarket right next to Sama Tower, to get a few things before heading in. I get some chapstick and shamelessly choose the one with the most Arabic on the label because it looks cool. Whom am I kidding? This is how I’ll buy everything.