Like I said, tomorrow I will start travelling by foot and hopefully have some more footage. I have seen quite a few things that have made me laugh. I am not sure if I can get away with taking pictures of them though.
For today's wandering around:
(The wind is strong enough on the south end of the island that it can cover the lanes in the road.)
The tree of life. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_of_Life,_Bahrain
One of the financial towers in Manama center.
The round-abouts here are nuts. It is a combination of Chicago rush our traffic, less turn signals, copious amounts of "durka, durka" and many, many horns. Throw some LSD into the mix and it would definitely describe the driving here. There is nothing like the sight of an angry arab in full dress (to include head-dress) . He is screaming at somebody in Arabic an waving his fist.
Anyway, pearl monument is supposed to be one of the worst in Bahrain. You can actually feel the G's as you are looping around, only to look over and see the guy next to you ready to
loop it in a bongo truck.
Going to the liquor store, or as they call it here, the "bottle store" , is interesting. Though liquour is allowed here in Bahrain, it is not advertised or condoned. I wish I could have gotten a picture, but the scene was mayhem. There is cars going everywhere, the liquor store has zero signs. It is only a door (no name), with posted hours and a security guard escorting you in and out. There were arabs in full dress handing money to (I believe) indians to purchase there liquor. In all honesty it looks like a drug deal gone bad. The thing is, once purchased it can not be seen on the street. Cases, bottles, or cans all have to go into a bag that can not be viewed by anyone else. The only thing I have is apicture of the bag. I hope to get a picture of the liquor store and surroundings. I was a bit nervous doing it tonight. I was the only white guy, non-arab in the area.
Anyway, the bags used by the stores.
Hopefully you guys get a laugh out of this. It is surreal to be living in another country again. I am definitely digging it. Wednesday night should be a good night. I get to participate in a "meet and greet" with a few country managers and the Director of Operations for the Middle East, Northern Africa and Turkey at some local pub.
I've already met a fellow rider from my company. He is going to take me to look at a few bikes once Itad (?), the end of Ramadan holiday is over.