There are times in life you discover that you don’t value what you have until you lose it. Budapest has the best transportation network I have ever seen. Several years back, you wouldn’t see so much traffic in Dubai but in recent times, the traffic has become gangster. The transportation system relies heavily on taxis. The last time I took a train, I promised myself not to use it again especially with my kids; it was like standing in a jammed packed Lagos bus. I stick to taxis.

I left my crew at home once again as I wouldn’t be able to do much walking if I had the kids with me. I was looking for two particular shops in Dubai mall but I couldn’t remember their names. Thank God, the mall had an electronic map; I soon found out that electronic map no electronic map, walking in one of the biggest malls with over a thousand shops, looking for two shops that I couldn’t remember the names was the definition of insanity. I walked for hours yet I couldn’t locate the shops.

Some of the shops I entered, the prices were really high, thanks to the exchange rate of naira to dirham (I still use my calculator to check the price in naira before I buy anything- don’t blame me, I did not inherit an oil bloc). I ended up not buying anything.

I had to look for a seat so I could sit and analyze the situation. The shops were too many, the prices were high (whatever you choose is times 100 to get the naira equivalent).

I remembered from my last trip to Dubai that Deira City Center (shopping mall) had fewer shops as well as Carrefour where you could get casuals and night gowns for kids at affordable prices. As a matter of policy, apart from party and church wears, casual clothes are casual clothes. (I have come to realise that kids outgrow their clothes fast and when you wash clothes with washing machine they wear out faster.

I decided to go to Deira City Center. When I got there, I realized that there are times when less is better. Dubai mall has a lot of shops and side attraction but City Center is saner, easier to maneuver. Before long I found one of the brands I was looking for, Colette; they sell lovely and affordable bags but this time around, they didn’t stock what I needed. I moved on to Carrefour for children’s casual clothing and night wear.

After shopping, I took a taxi back to the hotel. I didn’t rest for up to two hours, it was time to go back to Dubai mall. The taxi took another route; it was a private area, there were many peacocks on the streets, lovely houses in big compounds surrounded by high fences to keep strangers from trespassing.

We got to Dubai mall at 7pm. In our bid to quickly locate the musical fountain, we got lost and found ourselves at a corner of the mall (fashion district) strictly for designer labels: Chanel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton. As we passed by Louis Vuitton, I decided to give Peace a bit of information about Louis Vuitton; I told her they sold very expensive and luxury products. She didn’t comprehend just how expensive, so I decided to show her. We didn’t enter but we checked the prices of the bags by the window; the first bag we saw was 14,000 dirhams (which was 1.4million naira). I told her that the people who buy from there do not have two heads but at the same time, life is in stages. We took some pictures right there and left; we were in a hurry to locate the singing fountain.

When we finally located the fountain, we were 10mins early. We found a good position to stand (so the kids could also see while sitting in their strollers). As soon as the performance started, Peace took my phone to record I warned her not to allow my phone fall into the fountain. It was a really beautiful and romantic view. Unfortunately, as the performance got to the peak, the memory on my phone finished. No problem, you can still enjoy the one Peace recorded. Better still plan to visit and watch it firsthand. Remember, people who go, do not have two heads.

We didn’t get back to the hotel until 10:30pm. We packed our luggage and got ready for our trip to Lagos (the following morning). I asked my husband to wake me up at 5am, I set an alarm with the app on the TV and set another alarm on my phone; couldn’t afford to miss our flight.

30 days in Hungary15.08.17 (Tuesday)There are times in life you discover that you don’t value what you have until you lose it. Budapest has the best transportation network I have ever seen. Several years back, you wouldn’t see so much traffic in Dubai but in recent times, the traffic has become gangster. The transportation system relies heavily on taxis. The last time I took a train, I promised myself not to use it again especially with my kids; it was like standing in a jammed packed Lagos bus. I stick to taxis.I left my crew at home once again as I wouldn’t be able to do much walking if I had the kids with me. I was looking for two particular shops in Dubai mall but I couldn’t remember their names. Thank God, the mall had an electronic map; I soon found out that electronic map no electronic map, walking in one of the biggest malls with over a thousand shops, looking for two shops that I couldn’t remember the names was the definition of insanity. I walked for hours yet I couldn’t locate the shops.Some of the shops I entered, the prices were really high, thanks to the exchange rate of naira to dirham (I still use my calculator to check the price in naira before I buy anything- don’t blame me, I did not inherit an oil bloc). I ended up not buying anything.I had to look for a seat so I could sit and analyze the situation. The shops were too many, the prices were high (whatever you choose is times 100 to get the naira equivalent).I remembered from my last trip to Dubai that Deira City Center (shopping mall) had fewer shops as well as Carrefour where you could get casuals and night gowns for kids at affordable prices. As a matter of policy, apart from party and church wears, casual clothes are casual clothes. (I have come to realise that kids outgrow their clothes fast and when you wash clothes with washing machine they wear out faster.I decided to go to Deira City Center. When I got there, I realized that there are times when less is better. Dubai mall has a lot of shops and side attraction but City Center is saner, easier to maneuver. Before long I found one of the brands I was looking for, Colette; they sell lovely and affordable bags but this time around, they didn’t stock what I needed. I moved on to Carrefour for children’s casual clothing and night wear.After shopping, I took a taxi back to the hotel. I didn’t rest for up to two hours, it was time to go back to Dubai mall. The taxi took another route; it was a private area, there were many peacocks on the streets, lovely houses in big compounds surrounded by high fences to keep strangers from trespassing.We got to Dubai mall at 7pm. In our bid to quickly locate the musical fountain, we got lost and found ourselves at a corner of the mall (fashion district) strictly for designer labels: Chanel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton. As we passed by Louis Vuitton, I decided to give Peace a bit of information about Louis Vuitton; I told her they sold very expensive and luxury products. She didn’t comprehend just how expensive, so I decided to show her. We didn’t enter but we checked the prices of the bags by the window; the first bag we saw was 14,000 dirhams (which was 1.4million naira). I told her that the people who buy from there do not have two heads but at the same time, life is in stages. We took some pictures right there and left; we were in a hurry to locate the singing fountain.When we finally located the fountain, we were 10mins early. We found a good position to stand (so the kids could also see while sitting in their strollers). As soon as the performance started, Peace took my phone to record I warned her not to allow my phone fall into the fountain. It was a really beautiful and romantic view. Unfortunately, as the performance got to the peak, the memory on my phone finished. No problem, you can still enjoy the one Peace recorded. Better still plan to visit and watch it firsthand. Remember, people who go, do not have two heads.We didn’t get back to the hotel until 10:30pm. We packed our luggage and got ready for our trip to Lagos (the following morning). I asked my husband to wake me up at 5am, I set an alarm with the app on the TV and set another alarm on my phone; couldn’t afford to miss our flight.

Posted by Diary of a Special Needs Mum Initiative on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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