We have arrived in Dubai for our first stop since vacation, and what a place it is! Today was our only real day to explore, so I went with some cast-mates to downtown Dubai and explored the beautiful mall and some of the surrounding area. I don't know exactly how I feel about this place. Yes, it is breathtaking because of the amazing structures and environment of the city, but it is unsettling because of the hunger for money and profit sustaining all this. Still, I had a lovely day and was grateful to spend some time seeing some of the beauty here.
The traveling was insane, and I have not caught up yet. We caught a bus to JFK at 4:15 a.m., flew on a 6.5-hour long flight to London, and then caught a 7-hour long flight to Dubai. We arrived at 8:30 a.m. Dubai time, and I have been trying to force myself to stay awake all day, not having slept on either flight. It hit me really hard mid-afternoon, and I did decide to take a 2-hour long nap, which turned out to be extremely beneficial.
We start rehearsing tomorrow at the Dubai Opera to work the 4 new cast members into the show. It will be interesting to see how the performing dynamics are with the new people. Also (just wanna throw this out there), I cannot wait to start doing the show again! I have been aching to get back on the road for about a week-and-a-half, so I could not be happier to finally be doing just that. More to come!