I’m in Abu Dhabi…yes, Abu Dhabi!

10 Sep



Ummm, yeah, I’m right near there. Ferrari World. It’s a theme park, race track, museum, and a cool place where stuff goes fast. Judging from the drive from the airport to my hotel, everyone here learned to drive there.

I’m a bit on the weary side. The 14 hour flight was actually only 13 (mostly downhill, I guess), yet I’m still a bit tired. I’m learning not to stress over things I can’t control (people, schedules, airplanes), yet I still let my brain get away with it sometimes. 

For those of you wondering what I’m doing…I start orientation tomorrow as an Academic Vice Principal with the Abu Dhabi Education Council. ADEC is re-tooling all of its schools and updating the curriculum…MAJOR reform going on here. I am excited and honored to be a part of it. I’ll have more on that later.

As for today, I am thrilled about this new adventure.  You wouldn’t be shocked to hear me say, “I never thought I’d be an international educator.” Now, I am an international educator…yeah, kinda exciting. (BTW-I know kinda is slang…chill, please)

Oh, it’s hot, too. It’s 10:30 pm and I was dripping on the short walk from the airport to the driver’s car. Luckily, it’s dry heat…cliche, and a joke. There is a nice warm breeze, and the people are SO friendly; that really helps. 

I’m going to explore a bit before I sleep. Thank you to all you who have supported me through the last year. This hasn’t been an easy decision, yet it’s not an experience I wanted to speak of with “coulda, shoulda, woulda” talk for the rest of my life. (Again, slang–for the confused, it’s should have, etc–sorry, English teachers never die, they just grade away).

Thank you my mentors, friends, and family. I appreciate and love you all.



12 Responses to “I’m in Abu Dhabi…yes, Abu Dhabi!”

  1. Dr. Phil Bender September 10, 2013 at 6:56 pm #


    Wishing you the best and keep on blogging!!!

  2. Jennifer Dimitroff September 10, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Best of luck Lee! Can’t wait to follow your exciting new adventure! You are bookmarked!

  3. Billy September 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    Thanks for the link, I can’t wait to hear about your adventures from the other side of the world! Best of luck……

  4. Bonny Leckie September 10, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    Wishing you the best of luck Lee, and keep the posts coming! The world needs more people like you that can, and will make a difference!! Cheers to you and your new adventure 🙂

  5. Heather September 10, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    Glad you made is safe. Take some time for yourself, you deserve it! Congrats!!!!

  6. Donna S. Barenie September 11, 2013 at 12:04 am #

    Glad your safe and sound……Im sure this will be a awesome venture for you….ENJOY yourself…..Donna B

  7. Toni September 11, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    Remember…smile, laugh, and keep your chin up! You are a wealth of educational knowledge and they are lucky to have you!

  8. Joe Buck September 11, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    Proud of you my man! They are lucky to have you. Don’t EVER forget that! Joe

  9. Rosemary Eaise September 11, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    We are very proud of you Lee! Go forward and educate!

  10. mslaluna September 11, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    You are going to have an amazing experience. I look forward to hearing/reading all about it!

  11. ronwynn jones September 12, 2013 at 2:19 am #

    BLOG on, my friend~~

  12. Milt Dabagia September 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    What a great adventure and we know that you will do well nephew.

    Uncle Milt & Aunt Susan

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