"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

1.11.2007

bizarro-world

Without a doubt, the single most bizarre place I have ever visited is Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. It's a bizarre mix of oil wealth, shopping malls, Iraqi war profiteers, and who knows what else.

Slate has a correspondant checking out the city this week; today's story on the ski slope in one of the malls will give you an idea of just how ridiculous the desert city is. (N.B. the last part of the story is not worth reading.)

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