A Gator in Dar Es Salaam

"Ex Africa semper aliquid novi - Out of Africa always something new" -Pliny the Elder

Friday, September 02, 2005


Hello from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. I left NYC at 11:30 Eastern time last night, and arrived at 8:30 tonight in Dubai. It was a 12 hour flight and I gained 8-9 hours. Emirates Air is the real deal. Every seat has its own touchscreen tv screen with probably 100 movies and 100 tv shows. Finally saw Meet the Fockers (not that funny, very predictable). The Dubai Airport is unbelievable, they have the biggest duty free shop I have ever seen with good prices on everything. It is kind of a cool experience being here, it seemed like a lot of people on my flight were continuing on to India/Sri Lanka/Saudi Arabia. Pretty interesting to be immersed in such a different culture, if only for 12 hours. I have about 10 hours to kill at the airport, and hopefully I will get some sleep, didn't really sleep on the plane. My plane had a camera at the front and underneath, and had global gps so you could see where we were. We flew right next to the Iraqi border and you could see this huge mountain range in Iran easily. I will get a better look at Dubai in the morning when I fly out, but it seems like a great vacation destination.

Matt Stacy (Dubai)


  • At 9/02/2005 10:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    So glad to hear from you. I felt a little weight lifted that this flight, the longest leg of your journey, arrived safely. Good thing I'm not there with good prices in the duty gree shops!!

    Love you,

  • At 9/02/2005 10:48 PM, Anonymous TODD STACY said…

    Dear Matt,
    I miss you so much. I cannot stand you not being here. OK nevermind mom just left the room. Did you see any explosions when you flew by Iraq? Or any WMD's? Stay classy.


  • At 9/02/2005 11:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Hi, this is Katy, your mom's friend from work. I know we only met once, but your Mom talks about you often. I can see that already you are appreciating the adventure! My sons, Adam and David are planning to follow your exploits this semester...some of us have to live vicariously! Adam's class may also follow the blog...a very Montessori thing to do! Have a great time, and know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. I'll keep an eye on your mom, too...

  • At 9/03/2005 6:20 AM, Anonymous Kristin Williams said…

    Hey Matt,
    Its Kristin Williams...i know that I haven't talked to you or seen you in a really long time, but I just wanted to say hi and that I'm thinking about you..Have an awesome time!!

  • At 9/04/2005 5:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Matt,

    Just wanted you to know that Charlie and I are following your blog. Thanks for including us in this terrific adventure! Glad you arrived safe - monkeys outside your window? How cool! Stay safe and have fun.


  • At 9/13/2005 12:50 AM, Blogger Troy Alexander said…

    Hey matt!
    I hope your having an amazing time and I just was looking at this hotel in dubai Thats supposed to be the most exspensive hotel in the world its in the shape of a sail and cost 75.00 just to take a tour. Did you see it? Well have fun and be safe!
    love, Kim


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