Some days living in the UAE really feels no different from living in the west. In essence, it isn't - it's completely modern in technology and architecture, high class ex-pats...but the modern philosophy is missing, which gets confusing in communication with third-world service.
(But what am I saying? I'm not in favor of the philosophy of progress or modernism. Maybe this is a contradiction! I digress.)
But. One of the things that bugs me most is when TypePad is blocked. Yes, sometimes the internet provider decides that my favorite blogs aren't appropriate in content (since of course they're picking on me, not the whole of TypePad) and TypePad disappears for a month. If you're lucky. You can get sneaky with reading them, but commenting is out of the question unless you have a really clandestine system, which I'm not into.
So, once again, I'm left without A Fanciful Twist, Dani, The Black Apple, Girl Talk. Sigh...at least there are a myriad of other favourites to visit!
This is why I'm glad the magnificent Kara hasn't made the switch yet. What you may read today you may not read tomorrow. At least in the UAE.
p.s. But we do have red plumerias.