I decided it would be a good idea to document my summer in Dubai in a scrapbook so last Thursday I took a trip to Borders. I don’t need an excuse to go to Borders, it’s my favourite book shop. I was very excited on my first visit to Dubai when I spotted the holy grail of book shops in the mall. They pulled out of Ireland 3 or 4 years ago and left us with very few decent book shops. I think I read recently that they are gone completely from the U.S. now too so you can imagine my delight when I learned that they’re still in business in Dubai. I spent easily an hour choosing the book I wanted to use as a scrapbook (much to Dane’s displeasure) and I also bought a lovely travel journal which will no doubt go to waste because I’m very bad at keeping travel journals. I usually get behind after 2 or 3 days and give up. Anyway, I was happy with my choice so I paid for it and went on my way. Obviously all of my scrap-booking materials are in Ireland so I went online to find places in Dubai to buy some bits and piece for my scrapbook. I found a shop called Paper Lane in a mall about 25 minutes from the apartment so on Saturday we set off to find it. Two taxi journeys and three malls later, we fount it, and it was worth the hassle. I’m not sure if Paper Lane is an American company but I hadn’t heard of it before. As I’d imagined, it was the holy grail of scrap-booking (can you see a holy grail theme going on here?). I think it’ s important to remember at this point that Ireland is a very small country with a very small population (to put the size into perspective for anyone who doesn’t know, Ireland has roughly 4.6 million people, the state of Louisiana has the same) so we don’t have shops entirely dedicated to scrap-booking. It’s not a very popular thing in Ireland and it wouldn’t last in the current economy. Anyway, back to the point. This shop was amazing. I was like a child in a sweet shop and we didn’t get out of there in a hurry either. I wanted to look at each and every thing over and over and I’m still in awe when I think of the amount of card stock available. When we finally left, I was delighted with my purchases and couldn’t wait to get started. I’ll share my new scrapbook materials in a post soon and I look forward to sharing pictures of my scrapbook when it’s finished.