Photographer's Note

Exactly one year ago was my last day in the Middle East.
It was a bit crazy journey, lasting five weeks. First, I was with one group in Iran, then with another group in Oman, and finally alone in Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Travelling with an organized group has some advantages. I wouldn't be able to see many places in Iran and Oman if I travelled independently, using the local transportation. On the other hand, I like to travel alone. The main reason is that when I am alone I have more contact with the local people and this is for me very important.
On this last day, I walked around the old part of Dubai that I liked very much, just as a farewell. There are places that were never shown here, away of the skyscrapers and the tourists' routes. But then it was a highlight of my trip - the visit to an Arab quite wealthy house. Dalal, the woman that I met in the street a few days earlier invited me for lunch. There were other members of her family - two sisters, the mother, the brother in law. I spent with them the whole afternoon, then with one of the sisters I was in a Dubai Glow park and she took me to the airport 30 km away. And I got two beautiful dresses! Isn't it an incredible story? I am still in contact with Dalal. Interesting was that the women wore scarves also at home. I asked: why? They said that there was a man - the husband of one sister. Without him, they do not wear a scarf.

The phrase "apple of my eye" refers in English today to something or someone that one cherishes above all others. Originally, the phrase was simply an idiom referring to the pupil of the eye.
Here in the eye is my Arab friend. Two Workshops will follow.

Workshop 1# - we had a lot of fun in Illusion House.
Workshop 2# - lunch time.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13121 W: 141 N: 33977] (154584)
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