I'm sure you won't disagree no matter which side of the equator you live in, that constant grey and gloom can get very boring. So when you're in a country that has an endless supply of sunshine, the expectations are high.
As Dubai Marina reminds the Mr of Darling Harbour during his days in Sydney, we decided one morning to have brunch there. I haven't seen any posts on social media where Dubai Marina was overcast. You'll see it here now.
I must say though that eternally sunny regions' version of overcast is the equivalent of a pretty bright day in the UK with a chance of midday showers. So it was rather a familiar sight, but better because the temperature was in the mid-20s and it was only 11 a.m.
I wanted to go back one evening as I can imagine how gorgeous the marina would be when bathed in lights. We didn't have the time though. I swapped the marina for PappaRoti buns in downtown Dubai. The famished cannot appreciate aesthetics.
I have always said that I'm not fond of cities that are too modern. High-rise and skyscrapers, wide roads, supercars, and shopping malls the size of spaceships don't do it for me as opposed to antiquity. But artificial can also give us a natural high: that inherent peace and calm we derive from uninhabited beaches or centuries-old libraries or museums can be transferable. Perhaps it's not really where we are; it is our state of mind.
Until next time.