Bahrain

It’s been some time since I’ve reach out with a post. I was going to post an update on what I’m doing while in the US.
However, with all that I’m seeing in the news about what is happening in Bahrain, I felt like I needed to make a comment on it. Politically, I have no opinion that’s informed enough for me to express publicly. However, as most of you who have been reading my blog for some time are aware, Bahrain is my stomping ground when I’m in Saudi. I would arrive via that causeway at least 3 – 5 times a month. I went there for parties, spa treatments, to go to the movies (which they don’t have in SA), and most importantly to get my hair done. So, when I see the photos of the protest around the roundabout with the giant pearl, I’m kinda amazed. I’m like, I’ve been there, I know that circle, or I been to that square, or that’s the hotel I stay at when I do an overnighter. Typically, when I would see this type of unrest in the news or on the television, it was “foreign”. Do you know what I mean? It was like I was so far removed from it…to actually give it much thought (or let’s be real, give it any real concern). So, I’m completely tripping when for example I look at a photo similar to the one in the attached article and I know exactly where those two buildings in the background are. More importantly, I know people who live there, and that makes it extra scary.
I think this type of violence is what what happens before any type of change comes about. That’s just the way it is…no one in power gives it up with out a fight. And, they’re in a “Kingdom.” So…
I just hope that the acquaintances that I know who live in Bahrain are OK. I hope the ladies who do my hair are okay (and not just because I need my hair done LOL).
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About Terri Lundberg

Terri Lundberg is an American expat currently residing with her husband in Saudi Arabia, but she calls Seattle and San Diego home. She’s a travel writer, an avid photographer and is a resource and cross cultural trainer to expats relocating to Saudi Arabia. She's been to 100 destinations, 30 countries, and counting.

Comments

  1. Hay BCIS,

    I know exactly what your talking about and how you feel. I have friends and relatives in Bahrain.

    Hope there all ok.

    Also, because of the sectarian nature that these protests are being labeled with I really wish for a speedy resolution since it might spill over to the EP in Saudi.

    Salam,

  2. I am scheduled to arrive in Dhahran in early May, could you share your thoughts on how safe it is travel there now? Thanks

  3. @Auntnea9…Thanks for stopping by. I don’t know which airport you’re flying into, but either way you should be fine if you were flying today, who can speak for May? 🙂

  4. Thank you so much for your blog…I can not tell you how much reading it has reassured me that “yes I can do this”. At this point I don’t have the details of my travel, other than I leave the states May 3rd. BTW do you have room in your life for another friend? Lol. I am 49, two adult young ladies (who think that I am crazy for doing this) I am a RN and I love to travel and have fun. My “man” is in Kuwait working as contractor, which is not the reason I am making this move..its an added bonus!!Lol. Anyway I would love to meet you in person when I arrive if you have time. Again..Thank you, Thank You, Thank You.
    Renea

    P.S. Maybe you can help me pick out my Abaya. Lol

  5. @Auntnea, When you get to Dhahran, hit me up, and we can meet.

  6. Thanks again for everything and I will contact you when I get to the Kingdom.