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Today is mostly a free day except we have a farewell dinner cruise. I probably could have stayed in the hotel all day until the dinner cruise, however, after getting our COVID-19 test, we (Sharifa, Wayne and myself) decided to go to the beach.
I was not too pressed about going to the beach. The heat outside was a deterrent for me. Being all sweaty and sticky was a deterrent for me. The burning hot sand was a deterrent for me.
Here I am . . . at the beach! Without a beach towel to lay on the sound or dry off with. With my bathing suit, I wore a cover-up and a skirt. My skirt became my beach towel. I took the skirt off and laid it nicely on the sand. From there I placed my book bag and camera bag on top of the skirt.
I was hopeful that I could somehow rinse the sand off me when it was time to go.
The waves were not gentle. They came in pounding the shoreline. The water . . . inviting, warm and clear. As I walked into the water, the shells sprinkled in the sand felt as if I was walking on rocks. I do have feet smooth as a baby’s behind. 😜 After taking about 10 - 15 steps, I was out of the rocky part of the shoreline and now free to enjoy the water.
I was very cautious. I didn’t need my hair to get wet . . . remember I have a dinner cruise tonight. We stayed at the beach for about an hour before going back to the hotel.
It’s cruise time! I will tell you that I was excited about the dinner cruise. The only thing I was not too happy about was that it was so late and we were departing early the next morning.
It’s noticeably warm on the boat. We push off and are cruising the mariner and it’s still has not cooled off. Dressed in all white. Heels on for the first time in I don’t know how long. Praying that my ankles will not let me down. (I sprained my ankle a few months ago and high heels were not my friend). Sweating. My dress begins to stick to me. I take out my electronic fan to cool me down. It works for like 2 minutes and then shuts off. Dang it! I have not recharged the battery. Don’t worry, I have a battery pack in my backpack. I connect the fan and BAM the fan is turning again.
Finally a man approaches the table and apologizes for the heat. The generator is out and there is a mechanic down below trying to fix it. Since the generator is out there is no AC at all. We are on the main level of the boat and there are no windows. The level is enclosed by glass with openings on each end. One opening will take you upstairs to the open deck and the other opening will take you to the bathroom area. Goodness gracious alive this is not the dinner cruise farewell I imagined.
A few of us make light of the situation and go to the upper deck. It is crowded up there and filled to capacity. At least we are getting a little air. We take a few photos and my friend Paula has Snapchat. The different filters have me looking like a movie star!
The farewell dinner cruise has come to an end. The clock is ticking . . . my time in Dubai is also coming to an end.