This trip has been positively eye-opening.
While I may leave Sharjah imminently, this experience has left me enlivened, positively brimming with exciting ideas.
Thanks to my drivers and tour guide for their wonderful insights and helpful advice.
… and to everyone at Sharjah International Book Fair and throughout the city that helped make it such an amazing journey.
There are still many stories left to tell – about beautiful places, inspiring people, passionate debates and as promised, plenty of amazing new foods [wait until I tell you about the heavenly Om Ali...].
I’ll keep writing them as long as they keep wheedling away in my brain.
It may take a while to spin it all out, but I’m rather glad. Looking back on sunny Sharjah will help stave off winter’s chill a few more weeks; the perfect remedy to Edinburgh’s darkest nooks and crannies.