Out and About: Sharjah

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'Walk-in's easy when the road is flat
Them danged 'ole hills will get you every time.
Yeah, the good Lord gave us mountains so we could learn how to climb
'

Lonestar

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As mentally promised, a short photojournalistic approach to my recent trip to Sharjah, the third largest emirate of the United Arab Emirates. Brunch at a local fast food cafeteria followed by a swift two prong attack (in two vehicles) of the linear settlement of container manufacturers alongst the road leading from Sharjah to Fujariah. Kids in tow together with a seemingly supportive husband as a cheerleader, Deena (our business partner) appeared undeterred in the heat of the scorching sun; exhibiting her bargaining propensities with the local businessmen. With a flick of her wrist and a cognitive exclaimation "It's too much.", she takes the cake EVERYTIME. Kudos to that lady.

Riding all the way from Sharjah to Al Dhaid, the landscape gradually took a change for the better. Evolving from the harsh dessert with random outplots of green patches to rocky outcrops rising to terrific heights in the distance. I was enthralled... finally... I felt at home. Not that I live near a mountain of sorts back home, but somehow, seeing the gentle undulation of the horizon sent a surge of endorphins thru my body. For once, I felt like I belonged.

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We paid a visit to the infamous Friday Market boosting a strange assortment of merchandise. From fruits to plants to carpets of shapes and sizes, it certainly was sight to behold. Especially since its location; nestled between the hilly regions between rocky outcrops, seemed almost inconvenient to both shoppers and dealers. Still, the mini-town was a bustle of activity.

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that's it for now. A short day trip to Sharjah and back. Below is a photo of Mohd ( deena's oldest), I wonder whether I'll get slaughtered for publishing this without her consent. *shrugs*.


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