Finally, a day to relax. I used my last day in the UAE to actually unwind. We went downstairs to the 19th floor to have lunch and a dip in the pool. We ended up staying there longer than planned. There was so much going on. The jets from the day before were now flying high in the sky, spinning, flipping and leaving colorful contrails that resembled the UAE flag. We were warned not to take photographs of what we were seeing or else our phones would be confiscated. That’s just how exclusive Abu Dhabi is.
From the pool, we went straight to the Guggenheim Museum on Saadiyat Island for an afternoon of art and culture. The Seeing Through the Light Exhibit was on display and it absolutely blew my mind. There was a lot of artwork that represented this idea of infinity. Celestial infinity. In this broad world, where do we fit? Ghada Amer’s, “Reflected Light” artwork was one of my favorites. It was a ball, with light-reflecting inside, enclosed with words in Arabic that describes love. The emptiness on the inside where the light reflects illustrates the void that we have when we choose to fall in love (especially when we fall out of it). Finally, one of the best exhibits I went to was the “Infinity Mirror Room” by Yayoi Kusama. The room is surrounded by mirrors and colorful LED light bulbs; as you walk along the rectangular panels, which is surrounded by water, the colors of the lights change. It gives off an element of space, time and infinity.
I ended my trip to the UAE with a visit to the spice souqs and the Yas Mall to check out Ferrari World. All in all, this trip changed my life.
People are so afraid of the Multi-City option and it’s probably because it seems frightening. You can easily make the assumption that it would be more expensive than a one-way option or a round trip. However, with the last 2 international trips that I’ve taken, the multi-city option has fared to be the best option.
Last year, I went from New York to St. Maarten, St Maarten to Atlanta and Atlanta back to New York for $700. This year, I went to Europe for a little over $800 (JFK to London Heathrow; Barcelona to Amsterdam and Amsterdam back to JFK). Multi-City is excellent for extensive travel and usually way cheaper than any other option I’ve found recently. I love it.
• Google Flights should become your best friend. It gives you an extensive list of current flights and prices for your destination.
• I love Delta Airlines. Ever since I started flying with them, my flight experiences have been a breeze. You never go hungry on their flights as they are constantly feeding you and the service is just exceptional.
• All my multi-city flights have been booked through Delta (FYI).
• I don’t like booking on third-party travel sites like Expedia or Orbitz although I use them as an aid. It’s too much of a liability in the sense of having to work with a third party if anything goes wrong, I much rather work with the airline itself.
• If you’re fickle like me, Delta gives you a 24-hour grace period to cancel your flight or make changes without penalty. This is how I was able to add the layover in Amsterdam to my flight a day later.
• Before I booked, I was super excited. After I booked and it became a reality, the excitement dwindled because I had to wait until the end of March to actually travel…ugh, I hate waiting.