Last weekend, Lise and Michael came to say hi in Dubai, and we had such a cozy time. Poul and I went to pilot school with Michael, and before that, I was working with Lise as a cabin attendant, so they’re among our oldest and dearest “couple” friends. Each time I see them I try to convince them to move to Dubai, but I still haven’t managed. They were only in town from Friday to Sunday, so we didn’t do a lot, but at least we managed to visit Shake Shack.
We had actually decided on Cheesecake Factory, because Lise and Michael have kids, and kids usually love Cheesecake Factory. Though it turned out that there was a 20 minutes wait to get a table, and that was more than Mama Bear and her hungry bear pack could cope with. I therefore steered them in the Shake Shack direction instead, because Shake Shack never lets you down. I love Shake Shack (you probably already knew that) and I think the Shake Shack on The Beach in Dubai is doing a really good job, even compared to the original in Madison Square Park. Their cheese fries are super nice, and their burgers are always perfect. I usually order the Shack Burger, which is an old-school burger with lettuce, tomato and cheese, but since I’m trying to cut down on my meat intake, I had a ‘Shroom Burger this time. The ‘Shroom Burger is a vegetarian burger with a Portobello mushroom patty, and it’s so tasty, it makes me forget everything about eating cows.
The good thing (or bad thing) about living in a place where the sun always shines is that you’ll have visitors almost non-stop during the winter months. I remember when we were staying in our one-bedroom apartment, and we always had someone crashing on our couch. Though after we moved to a 2-bedroom apartment, having visitors has become a lot less annoying. When you get tired of them, you’ll just ask them to go to their room… Furthermore, most bedrooms in Dubai has ensuite bathrooms, so you don’t even have to worry about other people using your toothbrush.
Besides, I think Poul and I have gotten better at sorting out the friends we would actually want to come and visit. Right after we moved here, our place was more or less like a free hotel, but the last couple of years, we’ve only had people staying, who we consider as close friends, and who we actually enjoy spending time with.