Saturday, September 25, 2004

A bust 

I set out from Maine with the goal of exploring the sights, the people, and the culture of Bahrain during my off-duty time. For a while I had plenty of time, but I still had a couple of weeks left, with a schedule that gave me a free morning or afternoon every day and a couple of days off a week. So I was in no hurry to get out and about. Then I got reassigned and kissed my free time goodbye. I left work a little after 6 this evening, the earliest, by far, that I have left work. (And this on the second day of the weekend here.) I have had exactly two days off in the last three weeks. Oh well... It's interesting and important work, so I don't really mind. (Well, I didn't exactly change the fate of the world today, but on most days it's important.)

In any case, I am leaving before too long, and while I plan to pursue an aggressive checking-out schedule on my last day, leaving me with some free time, I probably won't have much to add before I leave. Perhaps when I get back home I will write a little bit about the limited experiences I had.

There is a possibility that I will be back here for a slightly longer period in the not-too-distant future, so stay tuned. Bahrain is an interesting country with wonderful people trying to strike a balance between tradition and modernity. I hope to come back, and I hope to learn more, and share what I learn.

Sorry that didn't happen this time around.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

An archway inside Bahrain Fort.
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The fort entrance... (Only one pic got sent the first time.)
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Monday, September 20, 2004

Bahrain Fort 

I visited the Bahrain Fort, on the northern shore of the island, on Saturday. Here are some pics. Again, I REALLY wish I could have taken pictures of the exhibits at the Beit Al Qu'ran... there is some truly amazing stuff there. If you ever happen to find yourself in Bahrain for some reason, I highly recommend it. Heck, I highly recommend visiting. This island ain't half bad when it's not unbearably hot. On to the pictures...

Bahrain Fort entrance, an arched passageway inside, and some ancient ruins from 2200 BC just outside the fort's walls. The ruins are among the oldest in the region. The fort is the third on that location and was built in the (15th? 16th?) century by the Portuguese during their occupation of the island.

Oh, and in other news, I had Fuddrucker's last night. At the Seef Mall, so Chan'ad's anonymous poster can rest easy knowing that I wasn't one of the American sailors sticking out like a sore thumb at the one in Adliya. :)
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