Christmas Eve 2009. Desert of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
As you may know, I love looking up cheap airfare to anywhere in the world. If I'd have to guess, I probably do it at least 6 days out of the week. I'm an addict. In the fall of 2009 I had decided, on a whim, to look up airfare to the Middle East. I started in Yemen since it's a place I've always wanted to go and ended my search with Dubai. The tickets were ridiculously cheap from Korea and I figured it would be an amazing way to spend our Christmas vacation.
The boy and I, along with our good friends Sarah Willy and Ed, packed up our travel bags and headed to Dubai on December 23rd. The picture above was taken on Christmas Eve, the day we arrived. We spent the day wandering around the Mall of Dubai and craning our necks at the Burj Kalifa. We then road out into the desert where we spent the night camping out under the stars. Alone. It was my best Christmas away from home to date.