I hope you’ve had a better week than me, well, my week wasn’t awful. But, it was really long, and campus, tests and submissions were beginning to make me feel extremely overwhelmed. Not gonna lie, a good cry made everything feel better and I even got productive studying done after my sob fest. It’s probably really weird, but that’s a main way my body dispels any kind of stress. Moving on from my weird habits… I longed to back on vacay, but alas here I am, stuck studying reactor kinetics. Luckily, I took heaps of pictures. I looked through all my snaps from Dubai with such nostalgia, but also, I remembered a thought I had while visiting the Burj Khalifa: “Imagine being one of the engineers to have worked on this building…”
I know it seems like such a long shot. I’m sure whoever was in charge recruited only the best, as I sit here and type this out, I realise that’s who I want to be. Engineering is what I’m going to do, a lot of people say their job is what they do, not who they are, and that’s great, but the need to succeed is who I am, I want to aspire to great things. Maybe I’ll never get to consult on a building as awe inspiring as the Burj Al Arab, but I want to know that I’m good enough to be able to. I’ll never let that ambition take over my life, but use it to fuel, or rather, refuel me when I’m feeling overwhelmed, and that I can’t do this anymore. Wanting to be capable of great things is an unimaginable driving force, even when it’s tough to balance everything, I want to look back on these formative years (of my career) and know I gave it everything I possibly could, not just in terms of my studies. I want to try every idea, embrace every challenge as it moulds me to person I’m meant to be. Graduating is my top priority right now, but I want to further my photography, this blog (I have so much to learn), form lifelong healthy relationships, embrace a healthier lifestyle and continue on my albeit slow fitness journey, heck, I might even start my own fashion line. These are the best years of our lives right?
Well that’s probably enough of my rambles, here are some photos that I captured, in Dubai, hopefully they inspire you as much as they do me.
The first thing we did after settling into our hotel in Dubai, was head off to the Dubai Mall and see the Burj Khalifa. OH HOT DAMN. Hot, as it was the middle of summer in the desert and damn because, it’s a magnificent building, the view was spectacular, even on the dusty day that we visited.
I stood and stared for a long while, marveling at the engineering behind this building.
Once it got dark, I was bowled over once again, to think all it took was one family to set the ball in motion. We went down to view the musical fountain and that was an amazing experience, albeit sweaty. I unfortunately was so swept up in it all that I forgot to take any pictures.
The intricacy of the architecture and incredible attention to detail is what makes most of these buildings stand out. I feel like I keep going on about the heat, but it was so hot there, construction work could only happen at night, that was the view from our hotel guys.
I absolutely enjoyed the Dubai Mall, we ended up there everyday! It was also a month of sales so SCORE!! My favourite part was that there wasn’t just a rack of clothes on sale, but most of the time, EVERYTHING IN THE STORE WAS ON SALE. I don’t know guys, that spoke to me on a very deep personal level.
I mean, look at this ceiling, and the interior of the Souk section of the mall. It’s all so luxe.
If anyone follows my instagram account you’ll know that I am crazy about ceilings! I totally want to have a room in my future house with similar ceiling art! I also tasted Pierre Herme macarons and oh my, were they delicious!
Can we also just talk about the cool aquarium, walking with sharks swimming above my head was so cool!
I had a swirly skirt so I swirled. That’s my mum casually facing a school of fish head on.
And the last bit… This is the vehicle we got on UberX. UBER X. Provided, you can Uber a helicopter in Dubai, this Chevrolet Suburban was a pretty sweet ride! My dad was thoroughly impressed. This was our last stop before we took to the dunes, which you can read about here.
I realise this post, took a random upbeat turn, but take that as a lesson, as stressed out as you may feel, keeping a positive attitude makes such a difference. I’m not saying pretend you’re okay, but wallow for a bit, and then pick yourself up from that pity party and tackle life bit by bit.
Love you all!
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P.S. SEPHORA WAS AMAZING. OKAYBYE.