#100WW — Shattered Expectations

59FF5B76-8203-466E-BA93-9EE70701922B“This is not what I expected,” Linda said.

“I knew you’d love it,” Ronald said.

“Where’s the sand, the tents, the camels, the nomads? All I see is a big city with skyscapers and highways,” Linda said. “When you said you got a job in the Middle East, I thought we’d be stuck in some shithole country. This looks more like New York City.

“See that tall building?” Ronald said, pointing out the helicopter’s window. “That’s the Burj Khalid’s, the tallest building in the world.”

Linda sighed, “I don’t think this is going to be the adventure I was anticipating.”

(100 words)


Written for today’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl. Image credit: Roman Logov.

9 thoughts on “#100WW — Shattered Expectations

  1. Michael January 17, 2018 / 9:34 am

    I went there to watch rugby for my 40th and it was quite possibly the most soulless place I’ve ever been. I had a haircut from a Filipino chap and he told me what it’s actually like there and it really is quite deprived if you’re not an emirati.

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    • Fandango January 17, 2018 / 11:42 am

      I’ve never been there, but that sounds like what I would expect.

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong January 17, 2018 / 9:42 am

    Clearly that young woman doesn’t understand adventure. Learning a new culture is THE excitement. Even if you don’t like it.

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    • Fandango January 17, 2018 / 11:44 am

      Some people have a hard time coping when something doesn’t meet their expectations. But you’re right, the beauty of travel is doing something new, different, and unexpected.

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  3. Michael January 17, 2018 / 1:09 pm

    I got the notion of the souless nature of the place, you conveyed that well to me.

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