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Thai massage ? August 23, 2007

Posted by Aella in Bahrain, Manama.
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For the last two days we have been driving around to different furniture stores in Manama trying to find some decent wardrobes and drawers for the kids clothes and it has been hard to say the least (since we didn’t know a lot of places close midday and open later). In any case..since I wasn’t driving I have had time to check out the surroundings. Something that struck me is that Manama seems to have a looot of Thai Massage and other massage parlours … So hmm is massage a big thing here? Or is it the equivalent of the Lebanese Super Night clubs and the Cypriot Gentlemens clubs?

I went into a place today called Ramez (think that was the name). As I entered I was shocked to say the least.. I went there to look for red chillies (I had already looked in Muntazah and Geant) and since the place looked like a tornado, a typhoon and a earthquake had hit it, I really couldn’t see where the vegetable section was. I walked up to a youngish man in a suit and asked him where the fruits are. He looked pissed off and said WHAT? I repeated my question and he said -Ok, come here. I followed him as he walked across the shop shouting to someone in a language I did not recognise.. (urdu perhaps). After having crossed the whole bloody shop he speaks another guy and tells him to help me.

I tell the other guy the same thing and he starts walking across the room. I am following but nowhere can I see veggies nor fruits.. – Do you want coal, he goes as he is gesturing with his hands in a shape that resembles a an oval big ball. I am lost and reply back -I want apple (not really but I figured he wouldn’t understand chillies) as I make a gesture of an apple with my left hand.
He goes – Coal???
I go Urrrgh! and just keep following him. As we are walking, I ask him, -Do you speak Arabic (since I can make myself understood slightly in Arabic)? -No, I speak English, he replies a little annoyed. Well if you do speak English sweetheart, why don’t you understand the simple composition – I want apple? It is as basic as it gets no? And if you do speak English, why do you take me to the jucie fridge and point at the fruit juices? I just looked at him and shook my head and left… There was nothing to be done… And oh God, what a messy place. I could probably lose my children in that mess.

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Yaaoo Bahrain! August 20, 2007

Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Bahrain, Karlskrona, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture, Sweden.
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Came here yesterday and I must say it feels pretty fine even though I am still tired (Little L kept waking up at night). I am so pleased I am not in Saudi (no offence Saudis) but I might still pop over there sometime to run some errands. What I really like about Bahrain is the mix of people and that the society is alive. People dress how they want and all people I have ever met here so far (from my visits from before ) have all been friendly. I know it’s a country with all kinds of people rude, nice, friendly and whatever but I just feel it’s a “real and normal” country unlike Saudi. Just to see people smile here makes my heart happy. Women smiling and looking at my little daughter today, who excitedly ran through the Geant Mall (I don’t know the name of the mall), well it is just so nice to see their faces and smiles. Talk about enjoying the little things in life..

It appears that we live quite central in Manama. It is just a few minutes away from both Geant and Seef Mall which is quite handy.. What else.. I just killed a cockroach bleeh. Didn’t have those in Saudi since everything was just dead…We used to have a car fumigating the compound (as I have mentioned) so everything just died (cats, lizards and all).

The flat is a mess and I will try to sort it out the coming days and then to sort my life out here.. Being in Sweden this year was ok but not as great as it used to be…this year hasn’t been a blast so far to say the least (stop ur whining I know I know!!)

All in all, HIIYA BAHRAIN!!

My Bahraini questions… August 17, 2007

Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Bahrain.
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Please anyone who think he or she might know something about living in Bahrain take a look at this page..

http://sasinsaudi.com/bahrain-qs/

I would appreciate greatly to get some answers 🙂 .

Acrobalance August 11, 2007

Posted by Aella in Culture, Karlskrona, Music, Pictures, Sweden.
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I just have to post this clip of my friend Henrik Agger and his girlfriend Louise. I think they are just amazing. I met Henrik in high school where we were taught theater and circus for two years and he is still doing his thing. He is a talented, skillful and hard working artist and I wish him all the best in his career. They will perform at the Stockholm Fashion week next week (at Berns for you who know where that is). More information about them can be found at www.acrobalance.com .

August Augusti Augustine August 5, 2007

Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Bahrain, Beirut, Culture, Karlskrona, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture, Sweden.
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A wave of anxiety swept over me as I realised the other day that I have less than 2 weeks left here. Time has passed so fast. I am happy to move to Bahrain from Saudi without a doubt but I still feel a little uneasy to go back. Kind of lost.

Since 2003 I have moved from Sweden to Cyprus (you God forsaken island!) from Cyprus to Lebanon ( how I miss you) and from Lebanon to Saudi and now to Bahrain. I feel tired and old. Sick of packing and unpacking. A friend of mine here recently wrote me an email saying Oh we must meet, I so want to hear what you’re up to. You live such an exciting life… sigh…I don’t know what to reply to that kind of a comment. I am happy to have done all that I have but I still feel tired of it all. And no it isn’t exciting as such (what a miserable fuck I am).

Anyway, it has been a bloody depressing years starting with us leaving Beirut thinking we would come back a month later. Thanks to all the the cuties involved in last years war we didn’t of course but anyway…. I’m sick of feeling down and I hope and wish that the coming year will bring a lot of joy. I will make sure of that as a matter of fact. I am so confident living in Bahrain will be better than living in Saudi (look at me being sooo sure).