The Journey

Hello from Abu Dhabi! We have been in Abu Dhabi for over 2 weeks now, and I have been toying with the idea of writing a blog about this little adventure to help keep family and friends updated. Well I have finally decided to do it. I also figured it will be a good way for us to look back and remember it for ourselves (Ok, mainly me, because I am horrible at remembering things). Not to mention the fact that it will help keep me busy and out of trouble.

The journey here was pretty smooth and painless, except for my aching body and the jetlag to follow. We flew from San Diego to San Francisco and then had a 3 hour layover before boarding the plane for our 15 hour flight to Dubai. The 15 hour flight is what made my body ache. I can barely make it through a 4 hour flight, so I knew this was going to be painful. The 11 hour time difference is what created the jetlag that we had to battle.

The Emirates staff was extremely nice and welcoming. The plane was very nice too with a great entertainment selection and decent food for an airplane. The plane had an option where you can view where you are on the map, how much time is left in the flight, and a camera view that shows what you are flying over. I personally didn’t like being able to access this information. Don’t get me wrong, I looked at it several times, but it only brought me disappointment because we weren’t there yet.

Once we got up in the air and all situated I put on a movie, “Yesterday”. I recommend it, it is about this guy that wakes up from being hit by a bus and nobody knows who the Beatles are except him. Anyway, when the movie was over I thought I would check to see how much time was left in our journey. There was still over 12 hours left! Brian sensed my discomfort and shock and reminded me that I had only watched one movie and would need to watch an average of 7 movies to fill the flight time. The logical part of my brain kicked in and I hunkered down for the struggle.

SpongeBob SquarePants

Tyler and Brian were both able to sleep off and on but according to my Fitbit I was only able to manage an hour and 10 minutes. Don’t get me wrong it was a deep hour and 10 minutes but that was it. My body doesn’t do well with sitting for long periods, and I didn’t feel comfortable getting up and wondering the plane that much. It was a very quiet flight because everyone else seemed to be asleep the whole time. Needless to say I was extremely jetlagged and my body ached.

Again with the jetlag

We stayed the night in Dubai and got up for a quick breakfast and were off to the Abu Dhabi boarder. Brian and I had to get Covid tests, which was surprisingly quick and easy. After that we were able to cross the border into Abu Dhabi with the understanding that we had to get tests again on day 6 and then again on day 12.

Once we got to the apartment Tyler and I did our best to conquer our jetlag. It wasn’t until day 6 that we overcame taking an afternoon nap and waking up around 3:00 in the morning. By day 10 Tyler and I were nap free and sleeping in until 6:30. Take that jetlag!

Seriously though, this 11 hour time difference was hard and new strategies will need to be used to conquer it next time. My body just recently stopped waking me up at 1:00 in the morning because it was starving for a Pacific Time lunch. Mistakes were made, lessons were learned, but I still fear the next time I have to face jetlag.


  1. Wow!! That’s awesome!! Thank you for taking the time to share your adventure with us! So nice to see you guys. Tyler is so big! What a beautiful family.

  2. This is wonderful Crystal!-thank you for taking time to write this and post pics too. What a great way to share and to look back on. Keep on blogging – big s & s to all of you!

  3. Great way to keep in touch with friends & family, plus a way to keep your memories. Enjoy your new adventure. You all look great.

  4. I was so excited to see this. I can’t wait to read all about your adventures. Please give Tyler a hug for me. Happy exploring. Looking forward to the next update.

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