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On the 7th, we began our last full day in Dubai. We had the day free to explore the city and hit any sights we missed previously. Many people from our class got up in the morning to go to Jumeriah Beach Park. This public beach cost only about two US dollars. It had a beautiful view of the Burj Al Arab and the Burj Khalifa, as well as a fantastic stretch of sand and gulf. Some people chose to go to the two malls—Dubai Mall and The Mall of the Emirates—as well. We shopped and many tried camel burgers for lunch. They were certainly unique and unusual. At The Mall of the Emirates, people took in the indoor slopes of Ski Dubai. It is definitely unusual to see snow in the middle of the desert. The malls have a lot of unique architecture. The Dubai Mall also has an aquarium and an ice skating rink. A few lucky students got tickets to the top of the Burj Khalifa. They went up to the observation deck in the early evening. There were telescopes that allowed then to see the city as it looks in the daytime as well. At the end of the free day, some students went out on the town one last time. A group ran into our tour guide out at the bar. Though we all were feeling reluctant to leave Dubai, we were excited about our journey to India. We also were relieved to be heading somewhere that would hopefully be a little less pricey.

On the 8th, we checked out of our hotel and headed to the Dubai airport to fly to Delphi. We ate lunch in he airport as we all waited for our flight. On our flight to Delphi, we all received our first taste of India. The airport was crowded and had much more relaxed security than we see in the United States. The city was overwhelmingly crowded compared to Dubai. The traffic was chaotic and quite frightening from time to time. We quickly learned that it operates on the principle of organized chaos. Delhi was also dirty and disorganized compared to the neat order of Dubai. We checked into the Hans Plaza Hotel. The entrance was gated and had much more security than we saw in Dubai. Though some students went out to dinner and drinks, most were very tired and ate in the coffee shop in the hotel before going to bed. The hour and a half time change made many even more tired, and we all wanted to be well rested for our first full day in India.

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