Friday, February 25, 2011

From Mardi Gras to the Middle East

My company's Dubai office has requested my presence there to work on some business development items. It's been over two years since my last trip, so it will be interesting to see how things have changed since I was last there. I'm especially looking forward to seeing the completed Burj Kalifa and riding the Dubai Metro for the first time.

But before I do that, I'm heading over to New Orleans to participate in tomorrow's Krewe of Pygmalion parade. A friend of mine is a float lieutenant for that event, and several months ago he recruited myself and several other people to be bead-throwers on his float. So that's what I'm going to be doing tomorrow afternoon. Being a participant in a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade is most definitely a "bucket list" item for me, and I'm obviously looking forward to it.

I'll spend Sunday hanging out in New Orleans, and then on Monday I'm going to fly from New Orleans to Bush Intercontinental and then from Bush Intercontinental to Dubai on Emirates 212. I'll be in Dubai for three weeks, if all goes according to plan.

New Orleans to Dubai in one day - this is going to be a bit of a culture shock!

It's rather serendipitous that the Dubai office has summoned me over there right now, because as of March 25th - two days after my scheduled flight back - I will no longer be able to earn OnePass miles on Emirates! (Just another reason why Continental's merger with evil United sucks.)

The next several days are going to be rather interesting ones for me, to say the least. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

1 comment:

sacwho said...

Thomas, if you're in costume (even if you're not) make sure you post pictures of you and the float. That will be awesome. Have fun!