Surprisingly, I didn’t have the “first day back to work” blues today. I spent half the day downloading hundreds of emails, writing forms, submitting my passport back (employers keep our passports here) and giving all the gifts I bought to people who had been good while I was away.
It’s the holy month of Ramadan until the end of the month here in the UAE and in the whole Muslim world. Ramadan for them means fasting (no eating from sunrise until sunset), but to non-Muslim expats like me, it means shortened work time. Yay! Work starts at 9 am and finishes at 3 pm.
It also means hide-and-seek-eating-game. We can take a break for lunch – it only takes a little bit more time to find a place to hide. We don’t want to intimidate the fasting (hungry) people, you know. Tomorrow, I’ll bring a sandwich. That way, it will be easier to eat from where I am sitting. No spoons, forks or chopsticks to take out. I’ll just tear off the sandwich bits from inside my drawer and shove then in my mouth when no one’s looking.
I am glad they don’t execute people who succumb to worldly pleasures during Ramadan.