I never thought I’d say this (see some of my other posts) but I’ve found myself missing….trains! Yes good old public transport, for all it’s failings, is a completely alien concept here. There are some buses, and they’re building a metro (which we saw them secretly testing today out in the desert, very cool) but neither of these represents a practical option for getting to client meetings.
I have a lot of client meetings in Abu Dhabi – about a 90 minute care journey, on a very dull straight road. The traffic can be a nightmare and the journey can regularly take 3 hours on the return trip. All adds up to a lot of 12 and 14 hour days….
So, today as I sat in traffic for the umpteenth hour, I did think longingly to train journeys of the past. Haidari and I used to have some hilarious adventures, always involving over-eating and tabloid newspaper reading – and working of course…! And then there was the time that we actually stood on the platform and watched our train pull out. Without realizing it was our train. You had to be there to see the funny side. Happy Days!