Hot wheels Arabia

Originally posted on Poste Restante:

Abu Dhabi V&T Waves of superheated air shimmer above the surrounding ocean of sand as our 4WD ploughs along the flank of a massive dune, wheels churning, throwing a red-ochre spray in our wake. Outside our air-conditioned comfort is a desert baked by a blistering Arabian sun.

From the air, our vehicle is a tiny, dazzling white dot cast adrift on swells of powdery golden-orange sand. We’ve driven across the dusty flats of the emirate of Sharjah then on into sandy wastes flanking the mountain ridges of Oman. Outcrops of razor-edged black shale punctuate the sunbaked landscape.

We’re skirting the farthest eastern edge of the Empty Quarter, the Rub `al-Khali, a merciless 650,000 square kilometres of dunes and broken rock stretching way out west beyond the bounds of the imagination.

It’s said the Rub`al-Khali contains more than 16,000 cubic kilometres of sand among which sand mountains rise 300 metres. Legend talks of a land…

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Wadi Adventure

Originally posted on Tori's Adventure:

Yes, I live smack dab in the middle of a desert. I don’t even get the benefit of living near the sea like those in Dubai or Abu Dhabi do. However, this doesn’t mean that I can’t go white water rafting. What? That’s right. In Al Ain, there is Wadi Adventure. It is a man-made park for rafting, kayaking, and surfing.

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On Valentine’s Day this year, Kassandra and I went to Wadi Adventure for our second time. We joined my friend, Geraint, and his parents, who were visiting from the U.K.  The first time I was here I was a little disappointed about the intensity of the rapids. I think I was making an unfair comparison to rafting on a real river. Kassandra and I felt like it wasn’t enough bang for our buck, which is why we didn’t go back for over a year. However, this time I went…

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Possibly the most beautiful city I’ve ever been to – Český Krumlov

Originally posted on talkingbella:

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It is a small city with a river twisting through it. Gorgeous renaissance and baroque architecture reminiscent of a movie set; most “stone” decorations are actually just painted. Lovely cobblestoned streets are perfect for a stroll in the day or night time. A castle with a couple of real bears, a mysterious skull in the botton of a well in the dungeon and a perfect 360° view of the city from the top of the tower. I highly recommend everyone to visit Český Krumlov once, and I feel it was better that we came at the end of April instead of the summer as it would probably be a lot more crowded with tourists. Sit in a café by the river and enjoy the view of canoers, blooming trees, fishermen, and beautiful flowers against the romantic architectural background – what could be better?

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Asado

Originally posted on 1 year in Argentina:

It is hard to have a conversation about Argentina for 5 minutes without talking about meat.  We are only half kidding when we list carne as one of our primary reasons for moving to Argentina.  The reverence placed on the asado and its importance in Argentine society can’t be overstated.  The priority placed on family in Argentina is a wonderful change from the States.  Many of our friends grew up in Cordoba and live mere blocks from siblings and parents.  The concept of moving to another city or country for work is rare.  An integral part of this family first culture is the Sunday asado with friends and family.  We have been very fortunate to have had many opportunities to enjoy asado during our time in Cordoba, so while I’m far from an expert asador, its time to share some of the best part of Argentina.  Before I continue though…

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Spain: Mud Bath near Murcia

Spain: Mud Bath near Murcia

Originally posted on ayearinacampervanwithtwoteenagerssnowwhiteandalab:

You know how sometimes you meet people and instantly feel like you’ve known them forever? Well that happened with the Wagoner family in Spain. Heidi, Alan and their kids, Lars and Anya, are from the US but have lived in Spain for the past 18 months. They have “carpe diem” stamped all over their foreheads. We liked them a lot.

We heard about the mud baths at Lo Pagan from Heidi and Alan, and we decided that no self-respecting family should miss the opportunity to be covered in black slime for the family photo album.

How to get there, how to put the mud on, and most importantly how to take it off, are ably and thoroughly covered in the Wagoners’ blog, which is a mine of information for would-be and actual family travellers. The link is at the bottom.

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Why would you do it?

The Mar Menor (small sea)…

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