Photos from the spice market and gold souk. The gold souk stretches across three streets; this image is just one half of one store front on one of those streets. I’ve never seen such a concentration of wealth in any city before.

Day: Inside the largest Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Night: The Dubai Skyline seen across from the Burj Khalifa 

The bottom picture is hazy because it’s so hot outside that whenever we move from the air conditioned indoors to outside, any glass surface (read: my camera lens) fogs up immediately. Frustrating with the camera lens… but pretty hilarious every time it happened with our glasses. 

I knew going into this trip that Dubai is unlike anywhere I’ve visited, but I’m shocked at how different it is. The city itself looks fake; it’s all glass and metal and intensely Brand New World looking. And everything in it is a superlative - from the world’s tallest building to the worlds largest aquarium to the worlds only 7 star hotel.

The city area is super new, about 25 years old, and it’s as if people have had time to observe both ancient and more recent cultures and societies, and then fashion this one to be ‘perfect.’ It’s entirely tax free, but conversely it offers no unemployment or retirement benefits. Only about 10% of it’s inhabitants are citizens, and getting your citizenship here is one of the hardest to get in the world. If you marry a citizen, they wait ten years before granting you citizenship… Ya know to make sure the marriage is real. Children born in the country adopt their parents nationality so there’s no loophole there.

There’s emergency medical care free of charge for anyone: citizen, permanent inhabitant, expatriate, or tourist. And the whole city is made up of immigrants; Indians, other Middle Easterners, Europeans, Australians. A confirmation on a widely held stereotype - it is true, there’s an intense focus on luxury goods and appearances; the ratio of plastic surgeons to people is the highest in the world. And it’s one of the safest places in the world since, most or all people already have money. In fact, there are no law enforcing police officers - just traffic cops and cameras. Cameras! The average age is 30, and it’s about 75% men and 25% women. And yes, men can still legally marry up to four women. Like I said, ‘perfect’ society.

Hanging out at the worlds tallest building, which sports a casual 163 floors 😳 (at Burj Khalifa)

Hanging out at the worlds tallest building, which sports a casual 163 floors 😳 (at Burj Khalifa)

here are the new rules:

1. good or bad, there is something to learn from everything

2. age doesn’t matter, there is something to learn from everyone

3. there’s no need to start off good, but there is a need to keep getting better 

4. things change. people change, relationships change, work changes, hierarchies change, perceptions change, nothing is constant 

5. time heels the biggest and smallest things, so be patient

Saving this here because this week has been the worst and without knowing it, as always, Halle has managed to put a smile on my face and in my heart. She is seriously special to me.

Saving this here because this week has been the worst and without knowing it, as always, Halle has managed to put a smile on my face and in my heart. She is seriously special to me.

All shot up for Dubai and India! T minus two days. Here’s a totally not weird picture of me modeling my bandaids and toughness #intheoffice #sorryHR

All shot up for Dubai and India! T minus two days. Here’s a totally not weird picture of me modeling my bandaids and toughness #intheoffice #sorryHR

humansofnewyork:

"I fell in love with a girl who, logically, I knew was not a good match for me. It didn’t end well. Afterwards, I made a short film based on the relationship— basically saying that you shouldn’t let your heart overrule your head. And now I’ve made the exact same mistake with another girl."

(Odessa, Ukraine)

humansofnewyork:

"I fell in love with a girl who, logically, I knew was not a good match for me. It didn’t end well. Afterwards, I made a short film based on the relationship— basically saying that you shouldn’t let your heart overrule your head. And now I’ve made the exact same mistake with another girl."

(Odessa, Ukraine)

humansofnewyork:

"When I was fifteen, I was raped by three boys while competing at a gymnastics tournament. I was so ashamed, that I stood on a train track, and waited for the train to come. At the last moment, I tried to jump away. I woke up after a month. It was the middle of the night, and I could immediately tell that something was missing. I started feeling all over my body, and that’s when I realized that I’d lost my arm. Now I counsel teenagers who have been diagnosed with HIV. I’m normally the first to meet with them after they get their results. I try to explain to them that there’s a way out of even the most impossible situations."
(Odessa, Ukraine)

humansofnewyork:

"When I was fifteen, I was raped by three boys while competing at a gymnastics tournament. I was so ashamed, that I stood on a train track, and waited for the train to come. At the last moment, I tried to jump away. I woke up after a month. It was the middle of the night, and I could immediately tell that something was missing. I started feeling all over my body, and that’s when I realized that I’d lost my arm. Now I counsel teenagers who have been diagnosed with HIV. I’m normally the first to meet with them after they get their results. I try to explain to them that there’s a way out of even the most impossible situations."

(Odessa, Ukraine)

You move me so easily, effortlessly, to feel everything on the spectrum. I failed to realize the lows could match the highs.

Rivers and Roads
The Head and the Heart