More news + a trip…

I’m extremely happy and feeling very grateful this week.  After a very long wait, my application for a long-stay visa is finally with the French Consulate.  It’s just a matter of  weeks before I have that oh-so-coveted stamp in my passport!!  This week at work has felt like a corporate honeymoon.  Easy working pace, short working hours and a lot of ridiculously goofy grins.  I have been smiling non-stop all week.  It is so liberating being stress-free and as difficult as it’s been to let go of my responsibilities here, the official note that went out last week made it real.  I am exhausted.  I have been juggling my Dubai and Paris responsibilities simultaneously, havent had a vacation except for 1 week in July and have given this company so much of my life; and so somewhere inside me a lightbulb finally went on and I did the unthinkable..i let go.  And it’s been such a thrill!

This week has also been amazing because I suddenly realized that I dont have much time left in Dubai and so I spent almost every day of this week out for dinner at one of the many restaurants I have been wanting to try.  Dubai’s dining scene is only getting bigger and trendier and I am loving exploring it!  I finally did La Petite Maison with Karen.  I fell in love with this place.  It is casual, adorable and trendy all at once.  So charming and a gastronomic appetizer for all the delicious foods that await me in Paris.  I also did Gaucho with one of my favorite people in Dubai.  Nadzz, I will miss so many people here but you are at the top of that list!  It’s always so fun getting together with you – talking, laughing and knowing you will always always say yes to any proposal I have: concerts, weekends away, holidays, new restaurants, whatever.  I will miss you  A LOT!  : (    You have a sofa bed in your name waiting for you in Paris!

This post will be short because…I AM ON VACATION!!!  Yes, it’s true…as I await my visa, I managed to get both bosses in Dubai and Paris to accept a 2 week (much needed) vacation before I head on to my new responsibilities.  I feel a sense of freedom I havent in a long time.  Going on vacation with no accountability for a job is a luxury and one I plan to indulge fully.  I will post more upon my return… I am crossing the pond over to Europe…. cable cars, the Alps, Gaudi and Manchega cheese await me…. ( ;

See you soon!



  1. Reminds of my own visa related stress haha. Enjoy your vacation!

  2. Hehe good to know someone out there feels with me!! ( : I hope all worked out for you after all! Thanks for the holiday wishes, you seem to be a Spain aficionado, I cant wait!!

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