|Ugh, I tell you.|
SO THAT'S TERRIBLE.
I'll probably do one more Tokyo post with my mom's pictures, but right now I'm busy trying to revise a book and not forget what music is before university starts again, so here's a Dubai post in the meantime.
|They're like those little emergency balloons from The Hunger Games, drifting down to SAVE the desperate, weary shoppers.|
Dubai: quiet. Also, dull.
San Francisco: Ok, but not Tokyo. . .
And obviously that's super unfair, especially to Dubai, because a) it was Ramadan and everything was closed all day, and b) one can't walk outside or one will die of heat. So I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and say that if you are there when it's cooler and things are open it's no doubt a RIOT.
But when I was there it was mildly creepy and fake and empty.
|A deserted, air-conditioned street at Mall of the Emirates.|
|This picture is from my hotel room balcony, but I saw it from the car too. Was super impressed. The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world at over 800 meters.|
I felt like they toned down their own culture a lot in favor of calculated glitz, though. Tokyo is quite sleek, too, in places, but it's also very Japanese. Skyscrapers are interspersed with random tiny wooden houses and grimy railroad underpass restaurants and bright red shrines, and you have the feeling there's tons of layers and tons of history under all the glass and sparkle. In Dubai not so much.
|This was a large indoor ski-slope at Mall of the Emirates. Shop till you DROP OFF A SNOWY CLIFF.|
|The plan was to sneakily turn them face-out if I found them, but they already werrrrrre. I was happy.|
|AUTHENTIC ARCHITECTURE, maybe, I think, I don't know.|
|The service was excelent, but the speling needs wrk.|
|Massive candy store.|
|This was a poster on the wall of the massive candy store, and is an accurate representation of what my brain is thinking when visiting massive candy stores.|
|Gallon-sized strawberry syrup bottles|
|So many nerds.|
|Dat waterfall, though.|
|Room service. The chicken burger was a little bit icky, but those onion rings were pretty much deep-fried, coronary-thrombosis-inducing bits of amazing.|
|Huge aquarium. It had stingrays and sharks in it.|
|And a massive guppy fish that looks like it's plotting something against the lady at the desk.|
|There are worse things to do with one's life than dancing on bridges while holding red cardboard hearts.|