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Sula Powell: Foodie trips
May 08, 2015
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It seems once again I was away gallivanting on yet another university trip, educational again of course, need I say. This time the trip was to the Wild Wadi Waterpark. Being honest, I must admit I do prefer the Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis (that was my birthday treat).

I vaguely remember visiting Wild Wadi when I first visited Dubai, I was just a baby, with my family, so I really had no memory of the place other than being extremely thankful for the water being ever-present and allowing me to escape the sweltering July heat.

However this time round I found myself shivering, freezing cold and wishing for that July heat. Yes I was shivering in Dubai, I have obviously gotten too used to the weather.

I personally deem myself a little too old for things like waterparks but I still thoroughly enjoy myself, perhaps too much. My favourite ride was the Burj Surj despite almost drowning after the ride had stopped. I suppose it was a mixture of excitement and just simply not being able to dismount the ‘bowl’ gracefully as I am somewhat overly clumsy — also unsurprisingly, plenty of spectators, typically my luck.

This has been a good month, great in fact. I had family over for roughly just over a month and some friends, alongside both of my university coursework projects handed in and on time and received good marks — bonus!

I also got the opportunity to partake in my first ever brunch — if I am truthful I had no idea what a brunch was other than a late breakfast/lunch! I had brunch at Al Qasr at the Madinat, which is probably one of my favourite places in Dubai partly because of the amazing turtle rescue centre they house.

Brunch was incredible; I would most definitely go every week if I could. I had every possible combination of food from lobster and mini fish and chips to caramel churros and macaroons. I also loved all the little stations set up outside; my favourite was the boat set up with fresh coconuts cut right in front of you ready to drink — very cute. I was overwhelmed by the amount of food I had eaten within 4 hours but I thoroughly recommend it to anyone and hopefully I can fit one more brunch in before I leave for the summer.

Despite a lovely weekend, university had to intervene at some point. We had a group presentation of a business idea we had devised which counts for 50 per cent of our final grade. I was possibly still day dreaming about brunch but I was surprisingly calm and in the zone.

For some reason I feel at ease around my peers at university in the way that no one seems to judge you here. In the end we received an A so in my eyes I think I am entitled to another brunch just as a reward for my efforts.

Another food related jaunt saw me visiting one of my favourite restaurants situated at one of my favourite hotels — Geales at the Le Royal Meridien. I think I like this hotel due to the nice green gardens; it makes me feel somewhat at home since we have grass in an abundance in Scotland.

I described this dinner as my ‘last supper’ before my cousin and her husband were due to leave. I was given permission to indulge — the perks of nice family members — as it would be straight back to student meals once they were gone. For the second time I had garlic chilli prawns, then shared the seafood platter, followed by the most heavenly chocolate fondant for dessert.

To top off, this month I also went to see One Direction (minus Zayn sadly) at the Sevens Stadium — probably one of the closest places to my university, just to highlight to you all how far away from everything I am. Apparently this was the only concert to sell out in Dubai so I felt thankful to get the opportunity to see them despite feeling extremely old and out-dated next to all the teeny-boppers.
 
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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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