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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  • Life in the Fast Lane: Dangerous Driving in Dubai 6 days 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 6 days 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 1 week 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,...
  • Renting a Car in the UAE 1 week ago There's nothing more freeing than a set of wheels. I feel like a bird that has been caged for two weeks then set free to spread its wings. Not that I've actually been caged, but the miserable heat makes exploring or doing anything outdoors... well, miserable.This weekend I rented a car for...
  • Friday 'Brunch' in Dubai 2 weeks ago In my last post, I highlighted eating out and grocery shopping in Dubai. Apparently, food and where to get more food is a favorite topic of mine. All meals in Dubai thus far have been interesting, flavorful, and with the exception of a few nuances, not really anything out of the ordinary for a...

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