A greater contrast in landscape, climate and culture would be hard to find anywhere in the world.
We were given eight weeks to pack up and leave the country we had called home for the past 21 years.
Our use by date was up. 65 year old and older workers are not welcome anymore.
Besides our seven cats inside our villa, we feed and watered up to nine stray cats outside. It was mid summer and this meant 40 plus Centigrade maximum and 30 centigrade minimum temperatures every day for four months.
After much juggling and expense we were able to find homes for two cats in Germany, two in the UAE and we brought two home to New Zealand at great cost and time delay. The outdoor cats now had to fend for themselves but the Arabian Mau breed has been doing that for thousands for years so we were confident most would survive for three years at least.