Musings of the Meandering Murphys

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Musings of the Meandering Murphys
Welcome to an expat's journal of adjusting to life Down Under. We're a married couple recently transplanted to Brisbane, Australia from good ol' Tennessee.
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  • Holiday Break for Eid Al Adha 1 day ago This week marks the celebration of Eid Al Adha on the Muslim calendar. Businesses are closed for three or four days, depending on the industry.Eid Al Adha is celebrated by Muslims to honor the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Moments before Ishmael's demise, God provided a...
  • Same News Story, Different Details 2 days ago Our hotel gives us an English-version of the local newspaper almost every day (we've yet to figure out the schedule of the paper's delivery - some days it's there, some it's not. But when it is, I feel like I've just won a free gift).Having a background in Journalism, I always...
  • Life in the Fast Lane: Dangerous Driving in Dubai 2 weeks ago Now that I know the rules of the road, here's the fun part.... the dangerous side of driving in Dubai.¬†Many years ago my parents were telling me to be careful driving back to college after a weekend at home. I can remember reminding them that I was a good driver, and they don't need to...
  • Life in the Fast Lane: Driving the Roads of Dubai 2 weeks ago Before moving to Dubai, we had read our fair share of warnings about the driving habits of local drivers -- all of which seemed insane to the point of exaggeration.¬†Excessive speeds on the highway mixed with third-world driving behavior means that driving in Dubai was NOT for the faint of heart....
  • Smoking Shisha 3 weeks ago In an Islamic country, alcohol and recreational drugs (and several prescription drugs) usage is forbidden. I would have assumed that that also meant smoking tobacco, but it turns out that smoking is one of the more debatable transgressions.In nearly every Arabic restaurant we have visited in Dubai,...

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