|This is the way real men wash windows.|
it's been quite the month for us. In addition to regular holiday obligations, we've been busy doing our best to see and do all those things we've always meant to see and do. Without doubt, one of the real highlights of the month for us was being able to attend Liam's black belt awarding ceremony. Liam achieved a black belt in both Karate and Kobudo in December. He has worked extremely hard these last two years and a bit and has had some great senseis guiding him along the way. It's been fun to see him grow and learn this new art form and I get the impression that he'll be continuing his studies for some time yet. You can watch highlights from the ceremony below.
|Karate Black Belt|
|Kobudo Black Belt|
|Family celebrations on Yas Island|
|An art display at an off island gallery.|
|A privilege to be surrounded by so much beauty.|
We took a day to recuperate from our Christmas festivities and then we were off to Dubai to visit Global Village. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but imagine, if you will, a massive county fair put on by countries from all over the world. It operates about half the year because of the weather. There was much walking and considerably more shopping than I had planned on, but some of the stuff was just too cool.
|It's just like a county fair, really.|
|We finally took the boat around Global Village for the sake of our feet.|
|The things you see on the road to Liwa.|
|Because it makes sense to have a playground in the middle of the desert.|
|Our campsite get a visitor.|
|It was a hike up that dune, but it was worth it.|
|A view of our campsite and the morning mists from above.|