by Titilola Edu
III. The Final Lap
26th of December was my besty’s birthday!!! She wasn’t on this trip with us though. In our 13 years of friendship, we have always spent 26th& 27th together. This was our first time apart in over 10 years.
Anyways, we woke up early, went to the pool at the roof top of our hotel and I took a dive!
Lmao. Yeah right! Dive fire.
After walking round the pool taking pictures, I got into the pool. I can’t remember how deep it was but if I attempted to stand half my face was submerged in the pool. Regular pools had different levels- Shallow all the way to Deep. This one had just one level.
Mi o le wa ku.
The lifeguard on duty gave us floaters. The Nigerian in me didn’t really trust the thing. What if my weight pulls it under?
After plenty consideration, I let myself go. I didn’t drown. We played in the pool, made videos, took more photos and then went back to our room to eat our Jollof Rice.
Our Safari Ride had been rescheduled from 3 to 1.30pm. I was really looking forward to it. Our ride arrived at 1.30ish. Our driver was one of a kind, I was once again reminded of how vain a fine man can be. Let me rephrase, “how vain a fine man that knows he’s fine can be.” Average height, slight build, milky fair complexion, slightly long hair. I swear he kept flipping and running his hands through his hair the entire trip. It was a wonder to watch. He kept looking in the rear view mirror. What is this one looking at? I adjusted my top to cover my slightly revealed cleavage.
Two other ladies joined us as we continued our journey out of town to the desert Safari.
I was filled with anticipation as we approached the desert.
I could see vast plain of stretching into the distance, level after level.
We had been warned not to eat 2 hours before the ride. It was going to be hella bumpy. Our driver parked the car by the entrance and prepped the car for the ride. We were also told to strap in.
This is it. I wasn’t sure what to expect I just thought it was a fast ride through the sand. Scratches head.
I had never thought to find out more about it.
It wasn’t exactly fast but I understood why we had been told not to eat anything two hours before the ride. I felt dizzy. We were going upandan . At some point I was sure the car would tip over the edge. We kept going over the edge. I’m not sure I can adequately describe the experience, all I knew was I was dizzy and the car was going upandan and I was sure we would die because the driver will at some point miscalculate.
After about five minutes of wooziness, the driver stopped after performing one last stunt. We did not perish.
We took pictures, had a bit of fun on a quad bike and then proceeded to the Festival venue. We were told we could upgrade our seats to the VIP area. We declined but after enduring the heat for about 30minutes we decided to pay for the upgrade. Hehehe! Baddest VIP seats. It was about 4.pm and the festival was scheduled to begin at 6. Thank God for the VIP seats, we had unlimited access to food( barbecue chicken, samosa and chips been the only thing I enjoyed and recognized ) and drinks (coke, water and tea). One of the servers fell in love with Ghanny and was at her beck and call. “More chicken please” and he would appear in immediately. Haha. It was fun to watch.
The festival started at about 6.30ish with one guy adorned with several fabrics (masquerade attire) turning and turning around.
That went on for about 15 minutes. I honestly tried to enjoy it. But can’t he do something other than turn? After minutes of this turniowniown and bright display of the lights on the fabric, he ended the performance. There was a loud cheer from the crowd.
Oyinbo people sha, anything will amuse them.
“Chicken, please.” Ghanny called out to her boo.
We cheered him😂.
More performances from someone throwing fire up and down and the main act, the belle dancer! I could hardly see a thing though, because VIP was not so close to the center stage and I forgot to go with my recommended glasses. I was not fascinated by the whole show, it was “just there”.
But my friends and I had so much fun at the VIP table just observing people.
The trip back to the hotel was quiet. We were exhausted and sticky.
Our stay in Dubai was a pleasurable one, we went to the Aquarium, Wild Wadi Park , Indoor Skydiving, and saw the fireworks on New year eve. It was a wonderful experience and I’m looking forward to going back. Not anytime soon sha. Lemme explore other places.
There was no power supply on the day we arrived home. Just thought I should add that. Lol.
Titilola is a Legal practitioner, storyteller and creative writer. She describes herself as an introverted extrovert and a rice and stew enthusiast. She is positive minded, growth oriented and a passionate lover of God. Her IG handle is @ttlawla