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Workers

It’s hot here in the desert.  Even now, in November, when people say “ah…the heat has broken,” we’re still talking 90F at midday. The road I have to take to my house winds through a whole huge construction project designed to make room for even more cars and maybe a high-rise or two (Abu Dhabi loves itself some skyscrapers, the glassier the better). The men who dig these roads (and …

how hot is it? if you have to ask…

It’s summer. We moved here last August and it was Very Hot. It’s June 1 today and already it’s hotter now than it was last August. How hot?  Really hot. For those of you thinking “it’s a dry heat, though, so it’s not that bad,” let me adjust your perceptions: the city perches on the edge of the Gulf, which creates a lovely swamp-like effect, similar to what you get …

the invisible labor of vacation

Our vacation in the Maldives a few weeks ago was perfect, and that’s all I’m going to say about that. It seemed as if we were in a natural paradise…but “natural,” these days, isn’t always what it seems: There were no mosquitoes: The beaches were clean and smooth: There were lovely palm frond shelters around the pool and along the beach: Someone walked around almost every evening at dusk and …

Tiffins

The men who work in our apartment building as cleaners often bring their lunch to work in tiffins: lunchpails that separate into little dishes.  One worker is dispatched to buy drinks for the group and then they sit in a patch of shade outside for their meal.   this is the first photo I’ve used from lightroom – thanks to Stasha B for her continued patience with me – you’re …