Day 4: The Free Day
1st April 2012
by Gina Scott, dancer of Semperoper Ballett
Everyone was super excited we really couldn't wait. It took approximately 30 minutes to get to the desert. Once we arrived our drivers took us on an amazing ride in the desert, it was like a roller coaster but even better, it was absolutely fantastic, it felt like we were travelling at a considerable speed. We stopped off and had a look at some of the wild camels, it was totally unbelievable, I have never seen so many in one place, everyone felt the same as they were all taking photographs.
|Jeeps in desert (photo by Virna Toppi)|
|Camels (photo by Virna Toppi)|
|Virna Toppi and a camel (photo by Saverio Pescucci)|
|Smile (photo by Virna Toppi)|
|Many people started to feel unwell... (De Windstoot/The Gust by Willem van de Velde the Younger)|
|Abby Bushnell and Marianne Bassing (photo by Virna Toppi)|
|Camel Ride (photo by Virna Toppi)|
However, once we got our confidence we didn’t want to stop. This whole experience will definitely be something I will never forget, I was overwhelmed by the whole adventure, it was an experience of another world and something to remember. At the end of the expedition we got dropped off back at the hotel. As it was our free time we wanted to take the opportunity to fit in as much as possible.We went to the beach and had some lunch and snacks, then on for a quick swim. A group of us headed to the Jets ski’s but made sure we put on our sun tan lotions and creams to protect our skin. I was bit scared at first as I didn't know what to expect. We all got on the jets, there was 8 of us in total with 4 jets.
|Adventurers: Hannah McDonald, Marianne Bassing, Gina Scott, Marc Wandsleb, Abby Bushnell, Zarina Stahnke, Ian Whalen, Anisa Sinteral-Scott|
On the way back to get a taxi we walked though the fish market. It was a strange feeling, the whole place was just watching us walking by. However, it was very interestin seeing the fish.
|Fish Market (photo by Gina Scott)|
|The Grand Mosque (photo by Gina Scott)|
|In Burkha: Gina Scott, Abby Bushnell, Hannah McDonald|
|Our Principal Dancer Jiří Bubeníček with Gina Scott and Abby Bushnell|
|Prayers (photo by Gina Scott)|
|Amazing carpet in the Mosque (photo by Gina Scott)|
|Chandelier in the Mosque (photo by Gina Scott)|
|Last photo taken in Abu Dhabi (by Gina Scott)|