Monday, June 8, 2009

the rest of the story

Part 3- Camels on the beach

I'm sure i gave some of you a distorted perception of Dubai with the picture I posted on John's birthday.
it really isn't an every day sighting.
it wasn't staged
or photoshopped (I heard the rumor)
or planned
the guy with the camels, (for lack of a better name) is there for the pictures.
he's a tourist attraction more-or-less.
(this whole city is a bunch of tourist attractions)
He's there to give camel rides.
Not sure how much it costs, how long the rides are, who he works for, etc.
In fact, I don't think I've ever seen anyone taking a ride.
Many a times on our visits to the beach we've watched him ride up and down the stretch of sand between the Hilton and the Sheraton hotels, probably hoping someone wants a ride, and kindly stopping for people like us who just want a picture or to let the kids say, "hi camel".

First time we saw him, we thought "that would be a fun picture to have- the kids playing on the beach with a camel casually wandering in the background. It might get a few laughs from our friends"   
Unfortunately, every time the photo opp. presented itself- the camera wasn't in our hands or vice-versa.
when we did have a camera, the kids were more interested in the camels than the photographer.
so, here's what we've got:

Maybe when it's beach weather again (ironically after the summer) we'll get some better pictures with the camel man.

sidenote: that last picture of me was about 12 hours before giving birth.  Asher is [conveniently] blocking the full belly shot.
sidenote #2: Can you believe camels can drink saltwater?  (or else I shouldn't believe everything I read on the internet)

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