My parents are in Dubai! My parents are in Dubai! Again! Last time was over five years ago. A lot has changed. For one thing, the Palm Jumeirah exists now. It's a real thing. Today we had lunch at Atlantis, and we rode the Palm Jumeirah Monorail. We did this with my good friend (who lives on The Palm, and therefore it is an honor to know him) and then we went to the Dubai Mall and sat around waiting for and watching the Burj Khalifa Fountain.
Brilliant glass sculpture in the lobby of the Atlantis Hotel. And my beautiful mother.
Aquaventure water theme park, as seen from the Atlantis monorail station.
View from the monorail.
More view from the monorail!
This is what my friend would look like, if he were really buying gold from a vending machine at The Dubai Mall.
Now the dozens of craptacularly crappy glassworks I have seen over the years make so much more sense - they were looking at this guy's work and thinking - oh, I could do that. Only they didn't have his deft touch with the medium.