18. detour river valley

Dive Bars and Bullet-holes

It was 5:45 AM and I was watching the sunrise over the abandoned business sector of downtown Dubai. In the distance stood the world’s most luxurious hotel, the Burj Al Arab, and further in the distance rose the sharp fang of the world’s tallest skyscraper. I watched the indigo clouds roll in from the desert and gingerly drank the Jack and coke in my hand. The people around me, my gracious hosts, discussed their favourites in world cinema and argued over who would be in control of the music next. I smiled to myself, thinking about the strange series of events which had brought me to this place. I had been awake for nearly 36 hours and my brain was buzzing, struggling to absorb everything which was taking place. Continue Reading →