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Middle East » Bahrain » Manama September 6th 2010

Flying on from Singapore(after the usual hours of waiting,Meal upstairs in food court with $7 Tiger beer) we arrived in Dubai and straight on to Bahrain. It was a smooth entry into the middle East except for the warnings about eating and drinking in public during Ramadan. A quick taxi trip and we were installed in the Landmark Suites in central Manama. Very comfortable and about 5 times the size of our Vietnamese rooms-Bedroom bathroom,kitchen,living rooms. There was no one on the streets during the day because it was 43 degrees and Ramadan. Most of the shops were closed. After the fast was broken each day at sunset it was more like a soccer match-thousands on the streets and every restaurant full until about 3 AM and the Mosques bulging and the ever present call to ... read more
Ramadan Skyline Bahrain
Bahrain Burial Mounds
Bahrain Tree of Life

Middle East » Bahrain » Manama July 31st 2010

Bahrain by night La surprise ! Arrives a l'aeroport de Manama ou nous etions deja a la recherche d'un recoin isole ou etaler nos sacs de couchage pour la nuit, on nous apprend qu'en raison de la longueur de notre transit, la compagnie aerienne est tenue de nous offrir le visa d'entree dans le pays, le diner, la nuit d'hotel, le petit dejeuner et les trajets en taxi qu'ils impliquent ... imaginez notre excitation ! Le seul "tampon bonus" sur nos passeports aurait suffit a nous rejouir pour ces 12 heures d'attentes, alors l'hotel 4 étoiles, le buffet a volonté, la promenade en ville pour la nuit ... ca fait presque trop, mais on ne se fait pas prier ! Toutes ces richesses, une entorse a l'esprit inch'Allah ? On s'en sort en se disant que ... read more
L'oasis
L'hotel surprise !

Middle East » Bahrain » Manama April 15th 2010

Hi Friends and Family Just thought it easier to post pics of our new Apartment here rather than clogging the internet capillaries....... We lurved our 3rd floor apartment BUT the traffic noise was diabolical. Seems #32 is the apartment people move in to before they move higher up to avoid the noise!! The previous tenants to us did exactly that. The Apartment management are sneaky tho, they say "We have an apartment available on the 3rd floor (closest to traffic) but thats unavailable to view today, but we can show you an identical apartment on the 11th floor" Anyways - I moved us with multiple trolley loads during the day so when Jude came home, She just slept in a different apartment than she left in the morning! Fortunately the furniture is all the same, so ... read more
We love our patio
Not exactly a sea view, but we love it
Master BR

Middle East » Bahrain » Manama April 3rd 2010

Bahrain is not a country you would immediately expect to host the Tree of Life, or be mentioned as the location for the Biblical Garden of Eden, yet the Tree is there, in the desert, and Eden? Well there is some mention of Bahrain being called paradise and the abode of Enki, the God of Wisdom and the Sweet Water From under the Sea. Where is it described as being paradise? In the oldest poetic saga in the world, the Epic of Gilgamesh, an island called Dilmun is described exactly like this. And wouldn't you know it, Dilmun is what Bahrain used to be called a long, long, time ago... Let’s say some 5000 odd years ago. In the Epic, Gilgamesh travels to Dilmun, a paradisiacal island and the dwelling of Utnapishtim and his wife, who ... read more
Muharraq
Muharraq
Muharraq

Middle East » Bahrain » Manama March 1st 2010

Bring on Twenty Ten! Well, after a fantastic break in Chiang Mai, we eased back in to life here in Bahrain - a change of currency, back to driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road, and, for Jude at least, WORK! We have managed to have some fun tho, “as you do” when away from home and friends, we tend to knock around with fellow expats and share birthdays, etc - and “socialise with selected refreshments” when appropriate. One outing recently was to the Horse Races - held every Friday over “winter”, remembering our weekend is Fri/Sat, back to work Sunday. Entry is free, and it gave us the opportunity to pull on some glad rags (why do we call them glad rags? More likely they are glad when we take them off) and head ... read more
A picnic Arab style!
Jude at the Races
The Gallops

Middle East » Bahrain » Manama January 5th 2010

We are the Fitzsimmons' family. Shane and Heather have moved few times over seas but the kids have never been . You could say that we are your average family. With Makenna(9) and Ian(6), You could say they have there handsful not to mention we are moving overseas. This is the blog that we will keep you posted of our travels. So far, Ian and Shane have traveled to Doha and then switching off to Bahrain. Now it is Mother and Daughter team, Heather and Makenna's turn to take the plunge. They go to London and switch off to Bahrain. The girls have made it to London, and they have about another hour of a layoff. We will keep posted... read more

Middle East » Bahrain » Manama December 13th 2009

Seasons Greetings Friends and Family We have just 3 sleeps left til we skidaddle off to Thailand for 18 days or so, - Jude can’t wait! - and I'm also looking forward to a change of scene, some more warmth (22C here - and 30C there) - and hopefully some riding….. Bahrain is really quite small - maybe 40 km’s long and skinny, so when hols come around, most people take the opportunity to take off. With some new air routes being added by various airlines, there are some bargains to be had - for example, a return flight to Dubai for $NZ85! Evidently Hotel prices there are cheap also given their wee ‘crash’ recently. We have been doing some exploring on the weekends and amusing ourselves while the temps are conducive to outdoor activities. We ... read more
Flamingo's feeding on the eastern shores of Southern Bahrain
Traditional Dow fishing boat
Jude playing Tourist

Middle East » Bahrain » Manama November 24th 2009

Howdy Folks -and let us get in early and say MERRY CHRISTMAS to one and all!! Boy has time flown - only about 30 sleeps til Christmas now, unless you’re a P addict, then its only 3! Life is trucking along great here in Bahrain - the weather is cooling off now we’re well into winter - it was a chilling 23°C here today! - actually the temps have been quite pleasant - and it’s far more attractive to go for a walk, venturing to outside venues such as the beautiful coast side ancient Bahrain Fort, the Souq (traditional market) etc, without the need to stay so close to the AC. Last week we even had a few spits of rain - it didn’t come to anything, but had tongues wagging! Jude has been busy with ... read more
The Fort museum and cafe captures the sun
Beautifully preserved fort...
We eventually find the way in!

Middle East » Bahrain » Manama October 26th 2009

Our trip to Bahrain was an unexpected bonus during my sabbatical. My brother-in-law lives in Bahrain and as luck would have it, we had enough frequent flyer points with Emirates to score a return trip from Amman for JOD 36.15 (AUD 56.89) each, flying via Dubai. Tourist visas for Australians are available on arrival and cost a measly BHD 5 (AUD 14.25) each. The line up through customs took a little while (about 1/2 hour) but was trouble-free. My brother-in-law met us at the airport and we were welcomed by the warm weather. We stayed in a new suburb of Bahrain in a three-storey apartment situated on a lagoon connected to the nearby sea. The water was perfect for swimming, but there is also a pool as part of the apartment complex. Although we were only ... read more
Bahrain Burials
Qalat Al-Bahrain
Street Art

Middle East » Bahrain » Manama October 11th 2009

With the Kiwi Soccer Team in Bahrain, it was an opportunity too good to miss. NZ and Bahrain meet for 2 matches, to decide who may go forward to the World Cup in South Africa. The Polytechnic organised us tickets, and as the Poly is very close to the Isa Town Stadium, we parked there and walked as a group, sporting suitably Kiwi flags/banners, colours and smiles. Jude and I sacrificed half an duvet cover to create a banner and used the Bahraini BAke Oven (ie put it outside) to dry the enamel paint in next to no time! Altho the end score was 0-0, it was an exciting game, - the spirit at the stadium was fantastic, - and very friendly, - and we met a whole bunch of Kiwi's in our 'designated' corner! Jude ... read more
Drying time - and we got some supporting toots too!
Pete and Mariana's Crew all decked out
Kiwi Kids flying the flag




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