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jan 15

The White House's travel blog

President George W. Bush is on a tour of the Mideast, and his advisers have created a travel blog to highlight some impressions from the trip.

The President himself hasn't blogged, yet. But it's only a matter of time before our commander-in-chief does. After all, even the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has an official blog.

Here's a taste of the White House's travel blog...

Yesterday's post was by White House press secretary Dana Perino. She offered insights into a state dinner held in Abu Dhabi, the capital and largest city of the United Arab Emirates, or U.A.E.

Ms. Perino wrote that dinner was held in tents in the desert:

Dinner consisted of a lot of food -- and it was all cooked in a traditional way, in large metal boxes with very hot coals. The food cooks for a long time - my favorite was the Sea Bream...and then for dessert I enjoyed the dates. A large fire roared in the center of the large, circular outdoor area where we ate. Everyone mixed and mingled - including several women from Abu Dhabi, including those who serve in high positions in the UAE government.

Conversations ranged from educational student exchanges, renewable energy, foreign investment, sustainable development and...Seinfeld. Yes, Seinfeld. We all enjoyed the evening - and the President said it was one of his most memorable. I agree. It was a very casual evening, and it reminded me of a cookout we would host in the states.

After the dinner, I headed to the press filing center to do an interview and say hi to the traveling press corps. In the elevator, I met a little girl of about 3 years old in the hotel where the press file is located -- she and I were both wearing lavender colored jackets. She looked at me and said, "purple and purple" - she was very cute. Outside, she started jumping up and down -- I didn't see much reason for excitement at 11 p.m. in the pouring rain, but her mom said she'd never seen rain before...as I got into our car, she told me, "tomorrow, I'm going to see a rainbow." I so hope she did.

If public officials are travel blogging, you can, too. For 10 tips on how to start a travel blog, read an online Q&A; with the Lost Girls—friends Holly Corbett, Jennifer Baggett, and Amanda Pressner, who hit the road and blogged about their round-the-world travels.

Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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