Captain’s Log 6,038
So I had an interesting dinner and discussion last night with a gentleman who wants to open a museum in Sharjah, one of the Arab Emirate states. I thought he wanted to open an auto museum, but it turns out he wants to open a center for world peace and the arts. He showed me his building plans and explained how far along he is with the Minister of Museums and Culture there. The ruler of Sharjah and his wife both love the project. He was picking my brain to find out what types of programming might do well there. Next to Dubai, this state is not as liberal socially or politically. It was an interesting evening. There is a German woman who works for the sultan in Sharjah, and she loves the project too.
I learned a lot about this part of the world last night. I was invited to go visit.
This would be interesting!
I learned about the black markets for alcohol and prostitution. They also have the religious restrictions about who can get into an elevator together, etc. That really creeps me out. I have to be honest.
My artist friend who set this all up brought her husband along. Apparently, all three have been friends for some time. When I mentioned I was hoping to go to the Netherlands in October, her husband started speaking to me in fluent Dutch (and also assumed I knew what he was saying). He also speaks German, Italian, and French. She lovingly refers to him as her little polyglot. I haven’t heard that word in over half a century.
I never know where my days are going to take me.