"Normal" Places We Go

Chill Out – An Ice Bar In Dubai…

It feels a little schizophrenic to travel from a war zone in Afghanistan where there were literally firefights in the street when I was leaving (more on that in future posts) to shopping for expensive clothing and hanging out at an ice bar in Dubai just a few hours later…

Fortunately, embracing such ambiguities in life has never been a problem for me and so I soon adjusted and made the most of my time in Dubai. And I have to say that when you’re sunburned and it’s really freakin’ hot outside that it feels pretty good to slip into an environment that maintains a constant temperature below freezing.

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This is my glass after one drink. After the next drink, I was unable to resist chewing the ice my glass was made out of…

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Everything is made out of ice – the walls, the bar top, the couches, the art, the glasses, the stools – everything…

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All of this ice is imported from Canada…

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Everyone that knows me knows that I enjoy watching (but not always participating in) wretched excess… Excess is what Dubai is all about. It fuels the city.

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The underprivileged and uncool in the outside world gaze in envy through the ice sculptures at the hipsters in Chill Out through these windows…

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The skyline of Dubai… It’s really a good thing that this sculpture is made out of ice since the horizon in Dubai changes so quickly.

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How else would you know you were in Dubai if they didn’t have ice camels?

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Here’s a video panorama of the bar… I shot this right after a big group left, so Chill Out was temporarily primed up for some video documentation. This is not, however, a normal state of affairs in terms of occupancy…

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