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The Amazing Race in the UAE

The current season of The Amazing Race just spent two legs (episodes) in the UAE. It was so fun to watch. The episodes just aired last week and this week, but they were filmed during the summer. As we watched, we couldn't help remarking, out loud, many times, how hot it must have been for the teams. It's hard enough to just BE outside in August in the UAE, let alone think through clues and perform challenges.

TAR has been to Dubai before (maybe even twice?), and it was the scene of Mika's epic refusal to go down a waterslide, not even for (a chance at) a million dollars. TAR has also been to Oman (again, maybe a couple of times), and in both the UAE and Oman, racers have struggled with driving and directions on these crazy roads. It's very validating for me.

In the episode this week, the racers went to Wadi Adventure. You guys, we were just there last week for Jeremy's extreme 10K. The wave pool he is standing in front of in the photo in this post was the same place where Nicky and Kim did their swimming task. And the rapids they went through on the boat were part of the race course for Jeremy. So cool.

In conclusion, here are my favorite teams from previous seasons of The Amazing Race.
Jet and Cord. Magdalena loves these guys, to the point that she once volunteered that she wished they were her dad (not sure how that would work).

Charla and Mirna. Fun fact: both of these women were born in Aleppo, Syria.

Zev and Justin FOREVER.

I'm glad this show doesn't cast super-contentious, verbally abusive dating couples who secretly hate each other anymore. That team type got so old in those early seasons.

Anyway. I can't tell from here how many people are actually watching this show and Jeremy and I have no one to talk about it with. So that's where this post comes from. Thanks for your indulgence.

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