Read in full at The Manifest-Station. “I posed a million-dirham ($272,260.72 into today’s US dollar) question: “Do the children of Dubai play in sandboxes?” Our family, newly transplanted from the Washington, DC area where sandboxes had provided our children with hours of fun in earlier years, mulled over this question the summer we moved temporarily to the desert metropolis of Dubai. Even with all of Dubai’s development, if one catapulted high enough above the impressive skyline, Dubai seemed not too unlike one massive sandbox with ribbons of various roads lying thickly near the coast and rapidly thinning out in numbers the further away from the sandbox’s edge of the Arabian Sea, until only interminable sand remained.
The subject of driving, however, quickly claimed our attention as it rapidly morphed to the level of top priority. This critical arena of living required quick-study because learning this new turf involved navigating Dubai’s roads, roads which often betrayed the foundation they were laid upon: sand.
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No Drinking Fountains: Notes from a Thirsty Expat Mom in Dubai released by elephant journal today!
A few years ago, my family had the bizarre privilege of living in Dubai for a short time. Everywhere I looked, Dubai demonstrated a love for excess and opulence.
But one can’t drink grandeur.
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Through the Sand: A Driving Lesson from Dubai is included in this edition. Thanks, BCR! https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Briar-Cliff-Review/250684084972730
Wish I could be there for the reception next week! Congrats on the journal and thanks for including my essay, “Through the Sand: A Driving Lesson from Dubai.” Can’t wait to see the finished product!
Next month, The Briar Cliff Review is publishing my creative nonfiction essay. This literary journal can ordered through their website or on Amazon.