In 2009 I set forth on a trip to the United Arab Emirates to explore and connect with the people there. I did not venture too much into the tourist attraction areas too much. I tried to roam the back streets and connect with the people there that ran the small shops and markets. I walked the shipping docks where cargo from all over came in. I was invited onto a boat (dhow) that had come from Somalia. They gave me water and showed me around. We did not speak the same language, but their instant kindness was a universal language I received with gratitude. That was a running theme I got from all the people I met there. Most were Pashtun all working hard to provide for their families back home. The kindness that was shown to me was overwhelming. It was a wonderful trip that I will always remember.
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