So this past week I have been more and more aware of what going away means. Saying goodbye to students at Emerson and Badillo (Scott saying goodbye to students at Lafayette  where he’s taught for 3 years), saying goodbye to furniture (which btw if anyone is interested in bookshelves, a glass display table, a desk, or breakfast table let me know!), saying goodbye to our apartment and home for two years in Buffalo, and so many other little things. One of those little things is Cincoshakes – courtesy of Spot Coffee on Elmwood Ave. About 5 years ago I hated coffee. Absolutely did not drink the stuff. Then 5 years ago Claire (pictured below) introduced me to the gateway coffee drink – the Cincoshake! This little bomb is full of sugar, coffee, whipped cream, and tons of caramel! It’s a delicious YUM followed by a horrible tummy ache. Before leaving for Abu Dhabi, however I thought my BFF and I should share in one last Cincoshake before leaving. As you can see the shakes are just about gone and the tummy aches have already settled in. In addition to all the changes and all of the goodbyes, Claire is now officially engaged and getting married! So an official CONGRATS to her and Dave! Our lives are about to totally switch places. Three years ago Claire left to go teach in China just a couple months after Scott and I got engaged. Now, she is engaged and Scott and I are leaving for Abu Dhabi. Talk about a total turn around! Because she has lived and taught abroad, she has been a huge help with helping me to prepare and understand what goes into an international move. Thanks to Skype, saying goodbye to Claire will only mean see you online! Our friendship lasted one international adventure and now it’s ready for another! So, Claire, just like three years ago, this is no goodbye but instead a see you later : )  Large seas and plane rides can’t stop us.

Switching from all of these sentimental goodbyes – here is a little more history about Abu Dhabi for you all: The building that is pictured at the top of my blog and again below is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. I fully anticipate visiting this gorgeous building while in Abu Dhabi. I features 82 domes, over 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold chandeliers, and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet. It has the capacity to hold 41,000 people. The mosque is named after Sheikh Zayed – the man who united the Emirates. He is also buried there. If you go to this link you will be able to find more information about the mosque, look at gorgeous pictures of it,  as well as watch a video that shows you more of its grandeur. Masalaama – until tomorrow, goodnight everyone.