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My travel to Bahrain went as smooth as it possibly could have. The airports were all quiet, transportation was smooth, I had an empty seat next to me on the long flight, and I found Darren at the Abu Dhabi airport with no trouble. I think altogether it took about 19 hours to get door to door, but it’s worth it. Now that I’m back in Bahrain, it kind of feels like I never left. I was noticing things that have changed since I was last here—new construction and such. The dirt street outside Darren’s flat is slowly being paved. When I say slow, I mean they’ve paved about 20 yards since I was here six months ago. Ha! It does help, though.

As you may notice from the title of this post, it’s been a lazy day. I slept in and I’ve already had two good naps today. But that’s what post-travel day is for. I actually feel pretty good overall.

Let’s talk about food. If you know me, you know I love to cook and eat. We had brunch today at The Dome. This is the place near base that has the best latte I’ve ever had. It’s a restaurant out of Australia and unfortunately they are nowhere in the U.S. Great food, broad menu, and seriously good coffee. I had a large latte that did not disappoint. I followed that with a stack of banana pancakes, my first real meal in 24 hours. Plane food does not count as a meal. I requested vegetarian meals on the plane because something about airplane meat is not right. All I had eaten in 20+ hours was a tiny salad, broccoli, a few bites of bad pasta, water crackers, green beans, and cubed carrots and peas. I noticed the man sitting closest to me had a chocolate-dipped cookie on his last plate of food. Why didn’t I get a cookie? Requesting a vegetarian meal doesn’t mean I’m avoiding desserts. Odd. Then I wondered if the cookie was somehow made with a meat product. Yuck. Let’s not go there.


Big Men

I’m at the airport and there seems to be a large contingency of beefy, athletic men all around. Looks like the NFL combine is wrapping up and potential players are heading home. One poor fella at the ticket counter was having a hard time. The NFL booked his ticket and while he had a reservation, there was no ticket number on file. I’m sure he’ll work it out, but I felt for him. He was so polite and calm about the whole thing. I say put him on an NFL team and let him be a good example to people of how to behave.

Travel Day

Today is the day I start traveling to Bahrain. Always a bit nerve racking getting ready to leave. Everything is packed and set to go now. I’m ready to start my 20+ hour trek. Hoo wee.! 20+ hours of cars, airports, trams, tiny airplane seats, and lots of strangers. Time to breathe deep, calm myself, and prepare for lots of things over which I have no control.

No sweat. I got this.

Back to Bahrain

I’m getting ready to head back to Bahrain for a couple of weeks. I’m less nervous now that I’ve been there before. I’m excited that it won’t be 100 degrees with 90 percent humidity this time! I’ll try to post something new each day. I have a feeling this will be a busy, over-before-I-know-it kind of trip.