Trouble in Bahrain led to a quick exit

The trip to Bahrain went very well. Had trouble getting back to the airport as more protests started just before I was supposed to leave the office. It was all pretty quiet really until the GM came in looking a little pale saying, ‘I think you better leave!’ It’s amazing the thoughts that go though your mind, not just what kind but the amount in literally a fraction of a second. I cannot tell you how many different scenarios were racing through my mind as I sat and looked at him. So I got up and headed to the airport with Jassim, a young Bahraini.

The traffic was extremely busy and we were stuck for a while on the road, but it was all uneventful thankfully and I reached the airport just in time to fly back to Dubai. I did drive past the place where all the protests have been taking place when I arrived in Bahrain. We crossed a bridge and the police had closed one lane where you could see banners hanging over the side. In the meetings I had you would never sense any strife within the country. The locals were just as upbeat and pleasant as they always are, even cracking jokes (not about whats happening obviously) But this, for me, sums up living in the Middle east, whatever any of the people go through they always come out the other side smiling, and I respect them all for that.

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6 thoughts on “Trouble in Bahrain led to a quick exit

  1. I’m so happy you made it back safely from Bahrain…it must have been very scary…I would have been petrified. If only there was more peace on earth. I often wonder what God thinks when He looks down on the earth and sees such a lack of His greatest quality…love. My fav pix: 1st in 3rd row, 2nd in 4th row. 🙂

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    1. It was nice to be able to speak to real Bahraini’s though and see how they are just taking this step in their stride. Ahh the chair suitcase is one of my fav’s as well, thought that would go down well with you and bendedspoon!

      Take care Alan.

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  2. very uneasy place the middle east your so sensible to get out suppose fuel prices will go through the roof next have a lovely weekend xxjen

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    1. Thank you. But don’t believe everything you read or see on TV, the Middle East has plenty of places where it is safe and the majority of people are extremely kind and just want a standard of life they deserve. Let’s hope they get it, in peace.

      Have a lovely weekend as well, Take care Alan.

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  3. Thank God you are safe! Thank God for those who took time to smile amidst frown!

    And I smile from ear to ear with that tree bookshelf — growth through reading! Love it and if I have a luggage will turn it into that fantastic chair too! Heaven sitting in it while reading book or reminiscing beautiful memories!
    🙂

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    1. It was nice to sit and chat to a few Bahrainis and hear their views on what was happening. I have to admit I was only worried about whether I would miss my flight or not rather than anything else.

      I had a feeling you would like the bookshelf 🙂 Growth through reading! Brilliant 🙂

      Take care Alan.

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