My name is Jan and I am inviting you to tag along with me, if you will, enjoy the highs and lows of my exploits whilst I begin telling you about my experiences when I very unexpectedly found myself tiptoeing into the ‘ bloody abroad’ without a by your leave or do you mind. This was my husband’s fault as he worked for an International Oil Company, and where does oil come from, yes you have guessed ‘the bloody abroad’, so off he went with me trotting behind somewhat reluctantly.
Laugh and cry but most of all I implore you to be amazed and amused in equal measure and, perhaps, say golly gosh how times have changed and pose the question, “Would I have been such a loyal camp follower to Dubai or would I have said no way José or maybe at the last moment would curiosity have got the better of me?!!!” Who knows!!!
In 1970, in my early twenties I was catapulted into Dubai, in the Trucial Oman States, from leafy Surrey by dint of being married to an Oil Executive. So what I can hear you say, well in those distant days hardly a soul on God’s earth had heard of Dubai, unlike today, when Dubai is never out of the news. It was and still is a little desert Kingdom ruled by a Sheikh, lapped by the Persian Gulf and is hideously hot during the summer. What a prospect sure didn’t sound too much like a walk in the park to me.
Hey Ho.Before we start on our journey together tiptoeing into the unknown I must explain I really wasn’t too well equipped for this adventure. I thought my destiny lay somewhere in the Home Counties (of England) where I was brought up and that was, perhaps, where I would remain.
On reflection how dull my life might have been, I sure would never have had these tales to tell – and would never have been able to write about ‘The Adventures of a Girl Wearing Pearls’.
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UPDATE: July 2016 – And here it is! I am delighted to announce that my book, “Adventures of a Girl Wearing Pearls” is available for you to buy and enjoy.
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