Sunday, February 13, 2011
Sometimes by simply not putting up any resistance, you can find yourself doing activities that would usually require a lot of effort. Take for example, the bike ride that I am going on tomorrow in Madinat Zayed. One of my friends who I work with mentioned a ride organized through HCT for staff and students that he went on last year. He asked me if I would be interested and I gave him a non-committal "Sure." It started with a few forward emails and the next thing I knew, there was a hotel room reserved for me. Next, another coworker arranged for us to get a school van to drive down on Sunday.
With the transport and accommodation arranged already, I really had a hard time saying I couldn't go. All that was left was to find other teachers to cover my classes and to OK the trip with my supervisors.Some of my coworkers graciously agreed to cover my classes.
We drove down and arrived at 2:30 for check-in. The hotel itself looks pretty good, and has good amenities including a swimming pool, tennis court, and playground for the kids. Most importantly, it has free internet. I would say that this place was at its peak about ten years ago, but it is still a nice place to stay. Regardless, I can't complain when my school is paying the 1045 dirham (about US$ 300) bill for the stay including breakfast.