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Sula Powell: Fast & furious
March 27, 2015
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It seems time is literally flying by, far too swiftly for my liking! The university semester is almost over (HOORAY! I thought it would never conclude), but sadly, inconveniently this also means exams are slyly, creeping in closer and closer. More optimistically though, it means just under two months until I fly back home to Scotland so I can enjoy my ‘summer’ if I can really consider 10C pleasant, summery weather, but at least I do not have to worry about being scalded in the 50C heat of Dubai.

I have been extremely busy lately in both university work (two coursework deadlines mixed with various midterms) and in my leisure time. Work and play balance is extremely important, or so one of my ‘Business Skills’ lecturers keep saying. I fully support her in that statement, but admittedly, possibly, slightly just a tiny bit more play than work – sorry mum! I suppose that is one perk of being six and half hours away from home, neither of my parents can shout at me or at least shouting over Skype does not have the same effect.

It was my roommate’s birthday this month. This was both our first time experiencing a birthday away from home and our parents. We ventured to Abu Dhabi to visit Ferrari World. I was dreading it if I am honest, as I cannot really describe myself as a car enthusiast. I obviously know what a Ferrari is, they are of excess in Dubai, and they are pretty to look at and admire, but I just could not comprehend what else a ‘Ferrari World’ would consist of other than cars.

However, I stubbornly admit that I was wrong, I was pleasantly surprised and simply mesmerised with the place, and the intricate detail and effort that has gone into making it a memorable, unique experience. I also got to encounter the world’s fastest rollercoaster, which was definitely unforgettable. The feeling of adrenaline mixed with fear when you are accelerated is in incredible, a once in a lifetime – yes quite literally once for me, I was most displeased that my makeup slid of my face with the force and speed of the ride (never again).

I loved watching the short films and learning about the history of Ferrari – I felt as though I had been transported to Italy. Again the cars, pretty to look at, my father insisted I take photographs – things such as alloys and engines mean nothing to me – but I may have told him my phone battery died!

However, my favourite, favourite part of Ferrari World was the food (do not be surprised!). Giant churros and a colossal, substantial slice of pizza big enough to feed a family of four – which I quite proudly ate on my own! I also thoroughly enjoyed the children’s toy shop. If my university room was big enough and my peers wouldn’t think I was a mad woman, there was no doubt that I would be buying the Ferrari toy race track complete with little, dainty spectator stands and a baby pit stop.

I also finally got around to doing something I have been wanting to do since I arrived in Dubai – visit one of the organic fruit and vegetable markets. I visited the Ripe Market in Zabeel Park, which takes place every Friday. I was overcome with joy just seeing the words organic, vegan, gluten free, homemade and no chemicals everywhere; I am a sucker for things like that, often I get called a hippy. I got a bag of some lovely, organic sweet potato and a mammoth, fresh coconut to sip on as I walked around all the lovely gift stalls and extensive range of food on offer. I had a delicious, fresh halloumi wrap, but I yearned for the freshly spun candy and the teeny, baby Nutella pancakes!
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Sula Powell is a Scottish/Jamaican business student at
Heriot Watt University in Dubai. Sula is a keen horse rider
and a part time model holding a number of prestigious titles
including Europe’s Perfect Junior Teen. For the remainder
of her journey in the UAE, Sula will be sharing her experiences
on the ups and downs of student life.

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