Friday - - Editor’s Letter - Natalie Long, ed­i­tor Reach me at nlong@gulfnews.com

News­flash: It didn’t rain last week­end, as I’d crossed my fin­gers for, hop­ing we could all hygge with aban­don as thunder rolled in. I re­ally must try harder. None­the­less, I did try to hygge, though I con­fess it doesn’t come that eas­ily to me. No one likes a soft du­vet more than I do (I even coined a nick­name for some bed­ding that I re­cently bought, it’s that fluffy), and I drink end­less cups of tea. I read ac­tual books and, good­ness, do I love a fire­place! But as we learned last week, that’s not re­ally what hygge is about.

Am I al­ways ‘present’ dur­ing those mo­ments? (Does think­ing about din­ner count?) Am I able to sim­ply en­joy some­thing, in­stead of moan­ing?

No, I am not. I think I am be­com­ing a first-class whinger.

My fam­ily even made a joke about it as we stood watch­ing the sun­set from the new Board­walk on The Palm Jumeirah, ask­ing what’s on my list of things to gripe about. (First up: Why are there no benches on the Board­walk?)

It’s not too bad, though, be­cause we were all whinge­ing, af­ter hav­ing been told we had to pay for park­ing at a new theme park that’s a long way out of town. We found it rather pricey. In a way, it was a group ac­tiv­ity. We bonded over the warm and fuzzy feel­ing of be­ing over­charged. That’s my hygge.

In happy-feel­ings news, we had a su­per re­sponse to last week’s cover story – Fri­day read­ers, do you ever love hygge! Head to page 15 to hear how your fel­low read­ers prac­tise it in this week’s ‘Story Tell­ers’, and dis­cover our new ques­tion, which is ac­tu­ally a chal­lenge.

The cyn­ics among you will find plenty to mine here: Yes, our Valen­tine’s cov­er­age starts to­day. But hope­fully you’ll agree we’ve done it in a cool Fri­day way.

If a mem­o­rable piece of jew­ellery or a time­less watch will make your beloved’s heart beat faster, then take a look at the pieces we pho­tographed on page 38. You won’t see too many heart-shaped baubles; in­stead our fash­ion ed­i­tor chose en­dur­ing gems, be­cause a neck­lace isn’t just for Valen­tine’s, it’s for life.

And if you want to book a get­away, near or far, we’ve got some nice ideas for you on page 62. En­joy.

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