This is a somewhat 'tongue-in-cheek' interpretation of the rookie expat' experience of a late-forty something, single, white- western female who, in the summer of 2007, embarked on a journey exploring the minds and mirages of the Middle East. Soaked in sunshine in its many guises along the way, here is a collection of journal entries, anecdotes, snippets of sound advice and observations of a land; its people, its cultures, traditions, and beyond. It is an honest look at all things U.A.E. from the perspective of the uninitiated for the uninitiated. So, whether you are trying to plan your great escape or considering a long over due gap year, now’s the time to pack a flight bag - and don’t forget your stilettos.