Greetings from Dubai. All is well… Very tough to leave my precious family in Seattle! But, their love fuels me, and I am so grateful for their support.
Funny to watch two sunsets in 13 hours. The flight path from Seattle always looks odd on the map (“why the heck are we going to UAE via Canada?), but of course it makes sense on a 3D globe.
Beautiful terrain over the Middle East. Thinking of my brother Matt and cousin Greg Gottlieb, and all the good work they have done there. Hope I can experience it in person someday, rather than 39,000 feet up.
Dubai Airport is beautiful. Glad our petro purchases are going to some good use. I must say, it really bugs me that so many women are totally covered except their eyes. I know this is rooted in deep tradition, but it just seems medieval, and incongruous with the gleaming airport. Am I culturally insensitive? Fine. Should change come from within? Yes. But, for now, what a rotten thing. Having said so, it is the norm here… maybe it helps, in case of a bad hair day?
Anyhow, I am eager for the openness and Buddhist ethos of Kathmandu. Will sleep here tonight and head out tomorrow AM, arriving 1600 local time.