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6 Weeks = 9 Countries = Photo Thread

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At the airport early getting in a few last smokes.

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Still waiting, no more smokes.

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Seeing what was going on outside.

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Not my plane.

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Transit in Holland.

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Bored.

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Kickin back in the smoking lounge.

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Transit in Kuwait City, staff would not let us get off the plane. Lot's of military on the plane.

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Left Kuwait City after an hour or so waiting in the plane and headed to Bahrain.

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Arrived in Bahrain and had about 30 minutes until curfew started. Headed over the border to KSA and saw this.

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Starving, so stopped for my first meal. Only eat this stuff overseas. Since we were not with any women we had to go to the single men's section. The restaurant was divided by a wall up to the counter.

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Got to the spot and slept. Woke up and ate this for brunch.

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After brunch, drove around to check out what was around.

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Got ready to fly out to Dubai, UAE. Checked on my currency.

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On the road back to Bahrain.

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On the road, Bedouin tent on the side of the road.

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At the border.

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Military presence close to what used to be Pearl Square in Bahrain.

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More of that.

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Driving in Bahrain.

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Someone built themselves a castle.

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Kids and women waiting on the side of the road.

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Lots of images of the King and other Royalty posted up.

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At the airport lounge....lulz.

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Doremon lulz.

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Flying out of Bahrain.

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View of Manama, Bahrain from the sky.

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View of Manama, Bahrain from the sky.

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Heading to Dubai.

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That way to Mecca.

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Flying over UAE.

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Flying over UAE.

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Lots of sand.

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Construction project in the desert.

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Where there is water there is greenery.

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Coming into Dubai.

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Lots of sand....everywhere.

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Moar!

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Landed at Dubai International, massive airport and still under construction.

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Elevator at the airport.

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Coming down.

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Grabbed a Ladies Taxi. At first, thought it was only for women but turned out it has only women as drivers. The driver was a Pinay and she mentioned that she mainly only gets hassled for being a women driver by African men.

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Driving in Dubai.

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Buildings in Dubai.

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Current tallest building in the world in the background, The Burj Khalifa.

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Buildings everywhere.

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Metro station is the golden smaller building, never took one.

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Parked out front the hotel.

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View from the balcony.

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Went to the beach.

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Water was like a warm bath and very salty.

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Lots of construction still going on.

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Ate some Hamour and lentils.

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Checked out the local currency.

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yes! you have some really nice photos in there and some interesting narration, thanks!

would love to see more..

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Really fascinating. Is it cheap there or expensive? How hot is it? What sort of entertainment do they have?

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Went to the Atlantis Hotel.

http://www.atlantisthepalm.com/default.aspx

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Looking out at the pool at The Atlantis Hotel.

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Tons of fountains in the lobby.

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Dale Chihuly installment in the lobby.

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Checked out the aquarium they have off of the lobby.

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Tons of fishes and water in there.

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Walking through the lobby, wide variety of people from all over the world.

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After spending the morning at the beach and the Atlantis decided to go to the Burj Khalifa, tallest building in the world at the moment.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burj_Khalifa

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In the lobby.

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Also, in the lobby....gold ATM.

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On the observation deck on the 164th floor. 163 habitable floors plus 46 maintenance levels in the spire and 2 parking levels in the basement total.

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More of the view around Dubai.

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Mall parking lot.

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The rest of the way up from the platform.

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Really fascinating. Is it cheap there or expensive? How hot is it? What sort of entertainment do they have?

It is pretty expensive, but as with anywhere it depends on your budget and what you are doing. Middle East was definitely really hot in the day but comfortable at night, in the 100's. Depending on the country and the rules determines the entertainment. Some you can drink in and party, others not so much. They all seemed to have slightly different rules. But it seemed most people would just stay out late drinking coffee, eating and driving luxury cars around.

 

After the Burj Khalifa decided to cool down by heading to one of the malls to go snowboarding.

http://www.skidxb.com/

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Restaurants like TGI Fridays surronding the slope.

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They had regular chair lifts and a T-bar.

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They rent you all the gear including pants and jacket for 2 hours at a time. Just 2 routes on the slope so after 2 hours it gets a bit boring. But still fun and a great way to beat the heat.

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After snowboarding checked out these guys putting clay on to a car?

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Not sure what this was all about but I was definitely surprised. Then headed back to the beach to swim and lounge.

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Dubai was really fun. Great beaches and tons of development.

 

Next day I packed up and headed out. If you have not flown Emirates before, I highly recommend it.

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Flying out of Dubai.

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Heading here.

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Not sure what this is, but looked interesting. Lots of random large buildings surronded by sand.

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Legit desert islands in the Arabian Gulf.

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Nothing on there but I bet the beach and water is nice.

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Ate this...was very good.

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Flew over Baghdad.

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Baghdad from the sky.

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Rivers in Iraq.

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Getting into Turkey, finally some green in the landscape!

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Listened to this. Emirates has a great in-flight entertainment program. Listened to the "Essential Album" collection the entire flight and was very impressed with the variety of their selection.

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Coming into Istanbul, flying over the Bosphorus. It forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosphorus

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Buildings looking a bit different in Istanbul.

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Got in and settled, decided to get my lurk on.

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Seen a picture of DAO's Turkish father Nilgun posted on the wall. He is a wheatpaster.

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Turkish trashcans.

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Turkish public toilet.

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Lurk until I'm lost.

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Rested on these steps with a bunch of stray cats behind me.

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Kept walking.

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Saw a 3 on 1 street fight in traffic. 1 dude was gettin rocked by the 3 and lost his shoes until he finally managed to jump in a cab and flee.

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Woke up the next morning and headed out to check out the city during the day.

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Within 10 minutes I meet an older local who took me to the Asian side of Istanbul for chai and to check it out. Was a bit skeptical at first but the dude ended up being real cool.

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Arrived on the Asian side. Most people live on this side and commute to the city by ferry or over the 2 suspension bridges.

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Turks like to fish and so do I.

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Got to the chai spot. European side in the background and right on the edge of the water....lean the wrong way and you are going for a swim.

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After chai, headed back on a larger ferry.

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View from the boat.

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Part of the skyline of the European side.

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A few of the many Mosques also on skyline.

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Walked around.

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Checked out this Mosque by the Grand Bazaar.

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Went to the Grand Bazaar.

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You can try lots of the goods before you buy. Snack time.

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Cheeze.

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Back outside.

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Hoped on a boat for a river cruise. Not my boat.

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Old palace or something on the river.

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Best hotel in Istanbul. I think it is the 4Seasons in a former palace. Armed guards included. This is just the river gate, not the main building.

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Dope boat flying US flag, old dude I met said many of the boats are bought in the US and brought here and fly the US flag. Didn't seem to make sense to me?

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Reppin.

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Awesome. A friend of mine works for an airline and were planning a trip to Paris come October. Hopefully all Ill have to pay is taxes for the flight. I cant wait.

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oooooooooooooooo wow.

 

first off, singapore airlines spoiled the fuck out of me. looks like emirates is comparable. i love nice airlines.

 

second, i thought i wanted to go to istanbul before.. lovely.

great stuff.

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oooooooooooooooo wow.

 

first off, singapore airlines spoiled the fuck out of me. looks like emirates is comparable. i love nice airlines.

 

second, i thought i wanted to go to istanbul before.. lovely.

great stuff.

Singapore had always been my favorite airline until I flew Emirates. Istanbul was awesome, if you can...GO!

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Awesome photos!

 

I've been trying to figure out for years how some of you do these badass trips.

 

Rich parents?

 

Military?

 

Waaaay better job than mine?

 

All of the above?

 

P.S. I'm not hatin'. I'm appreciatin'.

 

 

Stuck_in_the_Midwest_infinitely_oner.

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this is great, i'm jealous.

the bit of travelling i did via the military in that part of the world was super restricted/limited/controlled.

those palace buildings in istanbul are incredible.

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