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(Over) Heard at the RPM class

Instructor: "It's a bike, not a camel."

Snap caption: Can someone explain this fountain in the Tourist Club, the one by Le Meridien, please?

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Snap caption: Um, could you be more specific?

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Snap caption: It's beginning to look a lot like...

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Snap caption: Hey have you tried Dubai Cola? If so, did you finish the can?

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Snap caption: For increasingly desperate drivers who need to park, a Mawakif metre still in its wrapping is a welcome sight indeed

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Lovely London: 3 interesting, but not photographically good, photos

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How I experienced unexpected culture shock, and almost mingled with Lady Gaga, at a London hot yoga studio

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I miss hot yoga. You might laugh at me saying that, in this heat, in Abu Dhabi, but there is nothing like stretching and sweating a lot for 90 minutes to clear out the cobwebs. And that is how I came to enter London's Sohot Bikram Yoga studios the other day, when I was in town for a wedding, some sightseeing and, funny enough, a respite from the UAE summer.

I should explain that for the most part yoga in Abu Dhabi, unlike back home in Ottawa, has been largely a female experience, as many Muslim women are less comfortable in the company of men not in the family in a variety of circumstances. Although both the Body Tree and the Abu Dhabi Country Club launched men--only classes last September, and there are a growing number of mixed options out there, in Abu Dhabi my experience has been a lot of classes for women, taught by women. At least the ones I am able to attend.

Anyway, after four years of all these women, you can imagine my surprise upon entering Sohot to find the male instr…

Happy Canada Day, eh

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Look what I found in the Marks&Spencer on Airport Road: Pure Canadian Maple Syrup for just - yikes! - for just Dh40 (almost $10 Cdn). Oh well, comforts. Hope y'all are having a good one.