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)