We considered doing the Tree of Life at sunset, but that meant getting up early, and as vacation went on, we were getting to bed later and later, which
We left the house around 3am, becuase I was thinking the sun rose at 330ish, I mean thats what time the first prayer call is, and that's at sunrise, right? Apparently, not. Teh Bear had looked it up, but didn't tell me, the sun wasn't rising till around 430. Teh Megan, fail. So we got there super duper early. As if shots in the dark aren't difficult enough, I didn't bring my tripod because I'm a newb. I figured that since the sun would be rising there would be light. Wrong. Teh Bear likes me enough, so he shared his tripod with me. He might have also realized that I was sulking in the car because I was listening to my ipod and playing Pocket Frog, where all I do is breed frogs, make them happy, then sell them. This game is supposed to be super fun when you have a large network of people you play with, except that rarely do I have internet when I am playing on my ipod (waiting rooms, middle of the desert, etc). He got some pretty cool pics of me playing in the dark, showing off my double chin, which is only ok because he's my Teh Bear.
|Teh Bear's photo, thats not the sun in the background, thats the glow of oil refineries.|
|This is actually the speed limit for the street beside my apt. The speed limit in oil refinery land was 100/kmh, which is about 60-65/mph. I took matters into my own hands since the cops like watching people race down the streets. :)|
Then we headed to the mosque. Apparently, touring hours start at 9. It was prob around 530. Fail. So we went home, ate dinner/breakfast, were generally lazy, then around 850 we started the trek across the street to the mosque where we got a pretty awesome tour, we got some photos, and we got a little sweaty (from walking around outside, pervs). We also both lost our lens caps. Very inconvenient and strange.
|The tour guide didn't understand what close up photo meant.. and he had a very strong aversion to feet considering I asked for a whole body photo... because walking around in socks is my favorite part of going to the mosque.|
|Stupid fucking fountain. Actually, I think I read somewhere that this can be called the Princess Fountain. IDK, but I know it hates me and never wants me to take photos of it.|
Maintenance was also part of the reason our sleep schedules got pushed so far back. They don't come to do work on the apartment till at least 11, which is definitely past my bedtime, so we were having to stay up to deal with them, then we'd get up late. Nasty, vicious cycle.
The only other super amazing thing we did was eat. I made all the things Teh Bear felt like he's been missing out on, enchiladas, lasagna, alfredo. We had local pizza, we both had our first McArabia's (which were actually pretty good) we had dinner at Coco's, dessert at Cafe Lilou's, crepes at the movie theater place, brunch at Golden Tulip, dinner at Al Abraaj. I feel like we covered all the things I really like about Bahrain, and that was my goal while Teh Bear was here.
Us popping our McArabia cherries together. It was actually kind of tasty once we got past the curosity:
|Fatty McFatties. We did not eat all those fries, but it was easier to just let them give us 3 meals instead of trying to tell them "just the sandwiches".. Not confusing Arabs, one step at a time.|
The Bear has now returned to America. Despite some very serious concerns about missing his connecting flight once he arrived back in America, all went well. Also, airports not having free wifi blows. Srsly. Internet is right! Right?
That was a teaser for a blog to come btw. Ahhhh.. another day.. :)