B as in Bahrain June 1, 2007Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Bahrain, Karlskrona, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture, Sweden.
When I was about 12 I joined an aquarium club. The room where we kept the fish tanks was always kinda humid and had a peculiar smell… Twohundred and twenty six years later I get reminded of this smell and humidity as I the last two days have been in Bahrain looking for an apartment. Aha, aha. It is true indeed. We will leave Saudi after the summer. And yes it is extremly humid here right now. It’s like stepping out in a steam sauna.
After at lot of thought and discussion we have come to the conclusion that life in Bahrain will be better. Seems the rest of the family have settled in better than I have and no it wasn’t my suggestion to move..
I don’t regret ever having lived in Saudi but the time I had is enough for me… There are so many things missing in here for me to like it. I see no smiles, no happy people, no female faces, no relaxed people. All seriousness and no happiness. I hear no music and no kind words between strangers when they deal with each other. It’s like the zest of life has been sucked out of this country. It isn’t haram to smile and be happy.
I know that millions of people are happy here and would think I am unfair but the fact is that as a Saudi you have your friends and family here and you know and are used to the way of life here. I think it would take many years for me to be one of those expats that say that they are happy here..and life is too short to wait for that day.
I don’t hate this country nor do I dislike the people here. We are just very different. I can say that after one year in the shitty little island of Cyprus I couldn’t say anything positive about the Cypriots and still can’t to this day. The rudest people ever. That is not the case with me and the Saudis. I have met both kind and helpful people here and haven’t actually been treated bad.
We will be another two weeks in Saudi before we go for vacation in Sweden. Mr S will come back after a few weeks and will be in Saudi until August when we are planning to move. I am so looking forward going to Sweden and we will stay for two months. Just to be able to walk outside without having people staring at me and without getting pissed off because I have to sit behind walls when I want to go for a coffee. For gods sake do something about that!
Anyway, it will be a nice move and inshalla life there will be a little cheerier…