The View from the Top

1.19.2012

Have I ever told you guys that I suffer from a crazy mild case of claustrophobia? Well if I haven't, I guess I might as well now. I'm a little nuts about tight, crowded, or closed-in spaces. Unfortunately it only seems to get worse with age and has turned into a total elevator-phobia. I mean really- is anyone else out there freaked out at the thought of getting stuck in an elevator? It seriously gives me the heebie-jeebies. This said phobia was tested to the max when we paid a visit to the tallest building in the world- the Burj Khalifa. It stands just a bit over 800 meters tall and is also the world's tallest free-standing structure. It has an observation deck on the 124th floor and there is only one way to get there. Yep- you guessed it. By elevator.  I had heard that they really pack them full so I was super a little anxious while we waited for our turn. Of course Jesse was his usual goofy self and couldn't have cared less about our impending doom.


Emerson was a little nervous...


Or maybe that ticket just tasted really good. :)

We finally made it to the elevators and I was praying they wouldn't let too many people in. Luckily they didn't pack us in too tightly! The doors shut and it got dark. I braced myself because I had heard that the elevators were pretty fast. I also tried not to focus on the crazy light show that was going on inside. We were at the top before I even knew we had left the ground floor. It was the smoothest elevator I have ever been on- I really couldn't even tell it was moving.

When we stepped out I definitely breathed a sigh of relief! I had survived a 124 floor elevator ride like an old pro. :)

I also quickly saw that the ride was worth it. The views were amazing. Once again, Emerson was pretty impressed.



Our sweet girl has done and seen more in her short 8 months than I did in my first 28 years!



We tried to get a few pictures of the stunning views but it was pretty hazy/dusty that day and most of our pictures have reflections in them. But here are a few anyway:



 We could see the Burj Al Arab (the world's only 7 star hotel) and The Atlantis on the Palm Island.  Hopefully we will get to visit both before we leave!

After checking out the views, we decided to head back down and I wasn't nearly as nervous about the elevator this time around! :)

We did some window shopping after our trip to the top and I saw so many things I'd love to have but they were a bit out of my price range. Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton just aren't in this stay-at-home Mom's budget at the moment. :) But it was still fun to look.

One of my favorite things (all you Mommies will understand this) was the baby changing room. It was seriously the nicest one I have ever seen. They even had private rooms with big cushy chairs for nursing. Why can't more places be like that?



Before we left we wanted to check out Ski Dubai. It's the indoor ski slope in the Mall of the Emirates. It was pretty awesome. Jesse and I definitely want to go back to ski and snowboard.




We also got a little taste of home at Texas Roadhouse.  I think the fried pickles might have made up for all the elevator anxiety!




Joeylee said...

I don't think I would have been able to go to the top, I am super afraid of heights. But the pictures are beautiful. It's so cool that Emerson will be able to look back at all the fun stuff she's done

jessica sisson said...

How Fun!!! Looks like you guys had a great day :) You look amazing too by the way!! So happy for you all that you were able to spend some dear time with your parents! Miss you girl!

Brittney Galloway said...

Fun! I'm so glad ya'll finally made it out to Dubai! That baby changing room is one of my favorites, but the biggest draw back is the automated door opens when any bathroom customer comes in, even if they aren't going to the baby room!

Life in Dawleywood said...

oh girl you are BRAVE! I have a total fear of heights so that would have stressed me out too, just for different reasons. And how cool is that indoor ski slope? I have never been skiing but it always sounds like fun!

The Jeffcoats said...

How amazing that you guys are getting to experience all of these wonderful places while you're there!! I love, love, love all of the pictures from your parents' visit!! I'm so glad you all had that special time with them!

Mallorie said...

Pretty sure I wouldn't have been able to do that! I am TERRIFIED of heights, as is my husband!!! But yay you for doing that! And your little girl is so well traveled and experienced already, I love that!!!

Rebekah said...

I get claustrophobic in elevators! Last year my mom and I got stuck in one. I was in a panic!

I love that view! You guys are getting to do so many fun things. That indoor ski place looks so neat!

wallacefamilyblog said...

What an amazing view. So awesome you get to experience such awesome things.

-Lauren said...

Everything is so beautiful. I know you are missing your family, but the world experiences you are gaining are awesome! You have left me feeling deprived and like I need to travel the world! Emerson will have the best show and tell days when she is in school. Lots of pictures from across the world!

Natalie said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun...and faced one of your fears!

ajs {of MN} said...

mmmmm fried pickles!

Mateya said...

Oh gosh those views are amazing!

I can't believe you have Texas Roadhouse there?! haha!

Kelly said...

Oh gosh! Those pictures made my stomach flip!

So funny they have Texas Roadhouse there!!!!!

Gabriella said...

Amazing view!!! I would have freaked out in the elevator, and I am not the biggest fan of heights! Worth it though!

Sarah said...

Oh my goodness....this would have been so scary for me. Was that a huge pool in the picture??

Traci said...

What a COOL place to live...I know I keep telling you that but seriously how awesome! I love looking at your pictures.

Have you seen Mission Impossible 4? I'm just wondering if you really get sand/dust storms like they had in the movie?

Mrs. Magnolia said...

Your fear of elevators is like my fear of heights. Your pictures totally gave me the herby jeebies. haha. Looks like y'all had a great time!

Just the Two of US said...

oh beautiful! i bet you all had a great time and i'm glad you faced your fear.

Megan said...

How awesome! I will admit I would be scared too! But I'm glad you did it! She is a lucky little girl!

I heard that Atlantis is awesome. A hair stylist I used to work with husband worked for GE and always went over there and thats where he would stay.

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