When Ridley Scott was directing the blockbuster film The Martian, he knew he needed a landscape that closely resembled Mars in order to keep the film ... read more
Hello, my name is Grace. Sandier Pastures is my online diary where I share stories about living in Dubai, life as a working mom, blogging tips, travel stories and hotels & restaurants I recommend. This blog was first created in 2007 to document our move from Japan to Dubai. Unlike most expats who came here to earn more than they did in their home countries (to seek greener pastures), we moved here when presented with the chance - for new adventures, to experiment, to just try it out. So, our pastures is not 'greener', only sandier (thus the name of this blog).
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If I tell you, "I was in a wonderful beach resort in Jordan!" would you look at me like I got my geography wrong? Or if you think of a "beach ... read more
Another year is about to end, in like, a few hours. Ready or not, 2017 is just around the corner. How was your 2016? Was it full of (hopefully) good ... read more
If you hear the word, "Petra", the above photo comes to mind. In fact, until I went there early this month, I thought this iconic building was all ... read more
This guide to visiting Petra is meant to make this glorious site just a bit easier to get to. Depending on when you stumble upon this blog post, the ... read more
One of the factors that made our Jordan trip very satisfying and memorable was our local guide from Amani Tours. Wafa is a very experienced tourist ... read more