Although my weekend was jam-packed, it wasn't particularly out of the ordinary. Sure it was fun, but I don't think it's necessarily blogworthy....But since people seem interested to read about it, here goes:
I drove into Abu Dhabi on Thursday night. It took me 15 minutes to figure out a way to get out of Media City because the exit I usually take to get onto Sheikh Zayed road had been closed. Just like that! So I went round in circles a couple of times till I figured out a way out...
Dinner that night was at Ocean's, at the Royal Meridien hotel, with some friends. For those who don't know Abu Dhabi, Ocean's is a seafood restaurant /bar, and we usually go there for drinks. I had dinner there once before a year ago and I wasn't too impressed with their seafood. I decided to take the steak (yes, steak at a seafood restaurant...shame!), and it was really good!
We decided to linger on after dinner to hang out with the rest of Abu Dhabi (Ocean's is located next to Sax, and both places are the only decent nightspots in the city...so, naturally, all the young Abu Dhabi crowd congregates there every weekend).
The following morning I was up at the ungodly hour of 8:30, so we could make it on time for our boat which was supposedly departing at 10:00AM. We were there at 10 sharp, but of course, we didn't leave until 11:30. I didn't expect the boat to leave on time, but an hour and a half late is just ridiculous! It was one of those huge party boats that can fit around 90 people. We headed towards an island around 30 minutes away from Abu Dhabi.
The weather was just perfect and the sea absolutely stunning (of course, I forgot my camera). Six hours later, after lots of drinking (some started drinking the second they set foot on the boat...how? Drinking beer before 12PM is just wrong!), a good barbecue and average music, we headed back, with the most amazing breeze and gorgeous sunset for a backdrop (what more can you ask for?). Needless to say, I couldn't wait to get into bed that night!
The following morning, it was shopping time. I am in desperate need of some clothes, so I decided to spend some of my hard-earned cash...But there are very few decent stores in Abu Dhabi...I should shop in Dubai more often, although I find that in both cities, stores cater to teeny boppers much more than to 20-something professional women....Anyway, I did find a few things, so my shopping trip was not a complete waste (my sister, who did "not want to buy anything", ended spending more than I did!).
After that it was a big family lunch with some visiting relatives, coffee with them at The One (I really like their coffee shop...it's nice and comfy), then home to get ready for dinner that night.
Dinner was at Finz, another seafood restaurant, this time at the Beach Hotel. I love the Beach Hotel, it's one of the nicest hotels in Abu Dhabi in my opinion. It's classy without being over the top, it has a wide variety of restaurants, and they all range from good to very good (my favourite so far being Rodeo Grill which has the best steaks EVER!). Finz is also a good place, although they've changed their menu recently and I'm not so sure I like the change. Nevertheless, the food is good and when the weather is nice, the outside terasse overlooking the sea is amazing!
And that was it....my busy, hectic weekend....it went by too quickly of course, just like most weekends do... And this week has gone by too slow, just like most workweeks do....