I take a direct flight back to Dubai, and it is late afternoon when I arrive at DXB Terminal 2 which, though I don’t know it yet, has no connection to the Metro.
“No matter,” I think. “I will simply take the bus or an Uber to the nearest station and continue my journey to my friend’s house from there.”
I find that Uber will still charge me as an airport-to-downtown fare, though, so I give up and just start walking the mile to the train. I lose about a quart of sweat in the process on this Arabian afternoon, but thankfully there is a supermarket by the metro station where I rehydrate before I leave for my friend’s house.
“Where are you?” she texts.
I’m on my way. Slowly and sweatily, but surely enough. When I arrive we go out for beers and recount what has happened in each of our lives since I last visited her in Dubai.
I am to spend several days crashing on my friend’s air mattress, which is perhaps one of the best abuses of living on the road. Getting a place to sleep whilst visiting friends abroad, that is. Not air mattresses. We visit the beaches, and I fight endlessly with an induction stove which I believe to be a different beast, until I Google the instructions and triumph one hour into battle. In my returned re-domestication, I find myself job-shopping on an ESL board. For the hell of it, I send out my CV to dozens of jobs in exotic locales. I’ve barely spent a third of my travel budget, but I am beginning to grow tired of constant movement and fearful that my upcoming travels to Africa will take a stamina that I do not possess. Within forty-eight hours I take a few interviews via Skype, certain that I’ll have to find some golden work opportunity to consider pausing my global exploration. I get offers in Thailand and Taiwan, but am not sold on either place for the time being.
Victor Bernabei is just another millenial travel blogger. But here's the twist: He isn't a millenial! His goal is to see as many countries as he can, and spread the message that the world is not as scary as the news wants you to believe, and that there is beauty in all people, places and things.