Some of the changes I noted:
The massive road construction project about three blocks from my house looks completed but the new roads are not open yet. And my husband tells me the amount of traffic turning into the one way service road the wrong way has increased substantially. Unfortunately the new construction is doing away with a popular intersection that leads into our neighborhood. A service road has been constructed running parallel to the main thoroughfare which happens to be one way ---out of the neighborhood. Every morning my husband meets three or four drivers heading the wrong way---the new intersection is much farther down the road so going up the one way street is a short cut into the neighborhood. He attempted to play chicken a few times trying to hold his ground and finally gave up the fight. Too many cars are breaking the rules. So he just moves to the right and makes the road a two lane! Such is the life.
The gym added a couple of new high-tech pieces of equipment. I especially like the new treadmill that has a video screen on the panel where you can watch a video of an area as you are running. For instance, I played the video for the run on Haleakala on Maui.
The views are breathtaking and the video takes you all the way to the summit. I chose this one because I have been to the summit to watch the sun rise and then cycled down the mountain. Click on the link to see the sunrise. Spectacular!
Abu Dhabi is finally getting street names and building numbers!!!!! After a couple of years reading about the project and the impending numbering of building and getting actual postal addresses, it is finally here! The signs are going up in the city. Not sure if the buildings are numbered yet but I love the new street signs.
The weather is beautiful, and we have had some rain----which only happens a few times a year. I took a photo of the cloudy skies the other day just because it is such a rare occurrence. It was followed by rain (really a slight drizzle which reminds me of the rain in Hawaii). Then, yesterday it really rained. I actually turned on my windshield wipers. Unfortunately, people do not know how to drive in rain. It sort of freaks them out. One person will be going 20 mph and another will be flying by clearly not aware of the dangers of wet roads that have no drainage system. Accidents abound on rainy days.
And then some things never change……….
The crazy driving! The crazy parking! The roads full of construction! The new buildings going up everywhere!
Such an experience to live in this part of the world!
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