Back to Dubai

     On Christmas day in 2014, Etihad Airlines had tickets from the United States to Abu Dhabi for about $250 round trip. This was obviously a glitch since tickets usually run about $1,000 round trip.  I was one of blessed individuals to take advantage of the glitch fare deal that Etihad Airlines honored.

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I did not take the trip till September 2015 but everything went smooth. The flight was to Abu Dhabi which is about two hours away from Dubai. Once I arrived in Abu Dhabi, I was able to take a free shuttle to Dubai that  Etihad Airlines provided for passengers.

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After the 14 hour non-stop flight from Chicago to Abu Dhabi, I was exhausted!

Below are a few of my adventures during my stay in Dubai…

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Camel Riding in Dubai

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Enjoying the Sunset

The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the WORLD. It is named after the President of UAE, who is also the Prince of Abu Dhabi. It has the tallest free-standing structure in the world and the highest number of stories in the world.

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Burj Khalifa 
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Gold Souk

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I have an older post that goes into detail about what to do and see in Dubai and Abu Dhabi,  please feel free to visit here: https://aminatravels.com/2015/01/08/breath-taking-dubai/

 

City of Angels: Los Angeles

Although I’ve been to LA a couple of times, I will never get tired of it. There’s always so much to do and each time I go it’s a new adventure. Below are a few of my highlights from my last trip to LA. Enjoy!

Runyon Canyon was my first stop. Runyon Canyon is one of LA’s most popular hiking trails. It is a 3.5 miles loop trail that is excellent for running or hiking. I did a mixture of both. It was an amazing workout and the view was also breathtaking.

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On Top of Runyon Canyon

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Made it to the Top: Runyon Canyon

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Picture Perfect Moment Outside Runyon Canyon

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The heat in LA was REAL the weekend I was there.

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Can’t go to LA without doing a little bit of shopping 🙂

         Venice Beach is also one of LA’s popular spots to entertain. It’s an outside shopping center that allows you to enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean. The vendors on the boardwalk sell everything from sunglasses to pictures of themselves holding snakes. It is very amusing and entertaining especially if you like to people watch. There is music, art, food, basketball courts, skateboarding area, and of course the beach. It can be a bit overwhelming. I recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes especially if you plan to be there a while. There is A LOT of walking involved. There are places where you can rent a bike to bike through the boardwalk if interested.

 

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Venice Beach

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Venice Beach Boardwalk

 

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Great Smoothies!

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Culver City, CA

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Had to make a stop before leaving LA.

I hope to be back to LA soon…

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