I love beaches. And sunsets over water. And going new places and making new friends. My return visit to the UAE combined all of these elements. My former taxi driver and now my good friend, Samad, took me to the beach so I could watch the sunset over the water. We ate street food and watched the colors turn the sky brilliant oranges and pinks. It was only until I was headed back to the airport that I realized that I had been in the Persian Gulf. The place that growing up was always followed by the word "War." I am so glad that I now have a new, wonderful memory to associate the Persian Gulf with.