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Quick Walk Around the Block from the Hotel

There is no such place as a major city without a McDonald’s [well, except Nairobi]. And we Americans, even when we’re in foreign countries and are open to trying foreign foods and experiencing the foreign experience, well, we like McDonald’s.

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Is trying the McTurco burger trying out new foods?

It’s always interesting to see what we consider cheap fast food in America treated differently in foreign countries [KFC delivers in Nairobi, Kenya]. If we had known that McDonald’s delivered, maybe we could’ve kept warm in our room.

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Delivery guy preparing to deliver those McTurco burgers in Istanbul

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The Walking Tour of Bucharest, Romania Continues

More photos from our self-guided walking tour of Bucharest, Romania. We started this trip downtown Bucharest and walked the entire length back north to our hotel.

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Kretzulescu Church

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Breakfast in Bucharest Then off to the Metro

Our day started early our first whole day in Bucharest, only because breakfast is free at our hotel, the Green Forum. On the lower level is a restaurant that reeks of smoke. Nduku wants me to make sure I reiterate Romanians smoke every and anywhere they feel like it. Even with Najwa running around, they puff on their Pall Malls.

But we tolerated it. Again, breakfast is free.

As I learned from the last time we left the country, bacon isn’t the same as bacon back home. Actually, I’m not sure if our waitress understood me since she brought out slices of salami. And it was my fault when I ordered, from the menu, fried eggs, and they came sunny side up. The only way I like my eggs are scrambled with cheese. I thought that’s what fried eggs were, since you scramble eggs in a frying pan, right? They did their best to make them appealing, though.

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One More Stop to Dubai Mall Before Heading Home

Before boarding the plane and saying goodbye to Dubai, we went back to Dubai Mall to meet up with Nduku and Mutethya’s cousin Nyiva. I can’t say enough about how huge this mall is. At 12.1 million square feet, it is the world’s largest mall in total area. One thousand and two hundred stores alone is more shopping options than some cities; The Mall of America has just under half the number of stores; Potomac Mills in Virginia, which is probably the largest mall in the area, only has 200 some stores.

We grabbed a bite to eat at [one of a couple] the food court. Dubai Mall has over 160 food and beverage outlets. And though we were 7,000 miles away from Washington, DC, the food court isn’t that much different from Potomac Mills. Even after a week, seeing Arabs lined up at McDonald’s was interesting. And then there was a place called Ribs and Rumps, but I didn’t check out the menu to see what kind of rumps they were serving. And since Dubai has everything America has, of course we’d find Church’s Chicken, but with an asterisk. In an Arabic Muslim country, church isn’t quite acceptable. And since Mosque’s Chicken doesn’t sound so tasty, it’s called Texas Chicken.

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First Moments Out on the Roads of Dubai

We finally headed out to explore the city. My goodness was I in for a big surprise. Expecting this exotic land tucked away in the corners of Arabia, I was waiting for the sounds, smells and sites of a foreign land. But I can’t explain how normal I felt. Not only because essentially the majority of the people are also foreigners, but America’s fingerprint was everywhere!

In America it seems like overnight that Spanish words showed up alongside English words on all the signs. In Dubai English words are paired up everywhere with Arabic words, even on their traffic signs.

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