Author: expatpanda

Why I walked away from full-time teaching in the Gulf

Why I walked away from full-time teaching in the Gulf

After four years of teaching in the Middle East, I walked away from teaching as a full-time career. My partner wanted to continue his career here and I supported him so we have stayed in the region. However, after my third year teaching in a…

Visiting Machu Picchu: A guide for lazy pandas

Visiting Machu Picchu: A guide for lazy pandas

The activities and accommodation in this post were NOT sponsored. It takes a second or two for the sight to reach my brain, even though it is right before my eyes, larger than life. Then I feel my lips stretch wider into gaping grin and…

Panda’s Pick of Asian Food in Dubai

Panda’s Pick of Asian Food in Dubai

Finding a good place to eat in Dubai is a struggle mostly because of the vast variety of options on offer and the fact that a google search will bring up 20 posts with recommendations which have all been sponsored for the writers.  Buying advertising…

Dear United Arab Emirates (Thanks for being there for me)

Dear United Arab Emirates (Thanks for being there for me)

Dear U.A.E,  You and I have been officially together since Thursday, 20th July 2017. You were the only country I had visited before I went to live there and my first impressions of you during my visits here were so misguided. It was only after a…

Visiting the Fossil Dunes in Abu Dhabi

Visiting the Fossil Dunes in Abu Dhabi

I lived in Abu Dhabi for an entire year without visiting these mystical formations. Why? Because of a lack of information. People have no idea about the beautiful sites they can visit (FOR FREE) in the emirate so I’ve decided to fill that gap. Don’t…

To leave or not to leave… the expat’s eternal dilemma

To leave or not to leave… the expat’s eternal dilemma

I know I am not ready to leave Dubai. But I also know I cannot stay any longer. What am I talking about? Well let’s start from the beginning… Moving between countries is not a particularly odd concept anymore, with the rise of digital nomadism…

Visiting a Ghost Village in the UAE

Visiting a Ghost Village in the UAE

When I heard that there was a ghost village in the UAE, I was at first skeptical and then disinterested. Firstly, because my belief in supernatural elements is scant at best, secondly because what would be the point of seeing an abandoned village? But then…

Visiting Shuweihat Island in Abu Dhabi

Visiting Shuweihat Island in Abu Dhabi

It was through my random scrolling on the internet which led me to finding out about Shuweihat Island in Abu Dhabi. There are so many places that fall under the radar in this region with little to no information posted about them but yet they…

Fujairah: The best beach getaway in the UAE

Fujairah: The best beach getaway in the UAE

When I first moved to the UAE in 2017, people who were living here for a while kept saying that I MUST go to Fujairah. At the time, I didn’t think much of it but now that I finally got the chance to go, I…

Where to find a good Arabic breakfast in Dubai

Where to find a good Arabic breakfast in Dubai

If you have not had an Arabic breakfast then where have you been hiding? If you live in the Middle East or have been lucky enough to visit someone who lives here, chances are that you have been able to sample what is commonly called…