ML arrived on Sunday night after traveling all the way from Oklahoma, USA to Manama, Bahrain. YIPEE! She seemed to handle the 2 days of travel well.
|I followed her flight all the way with my United app on my iPad. Sorry, this picture is upside down -- ugh I can't figure out how to rotate it.|
|ML leaving immigration and arriving in Bahrain.|
|A photo with the camel outside the airport is a must for all new visitors to Bahrain.|
The next morning ML surprised us both by getting up at 6:15AM to see D off to work.
|BACON for breakfast!|
We stopped by La Chocolate bistro on the way to pick up a “sweet” to take to the coffee. The restaurant has a fantastic assortment of pastries. ML loved it, as I knew she would. I had this stop on her itinerary from the very beginning.
|Oo la la!|
Leaving La Chocolate is where the adventure begins.
I have never gone to A’ali although I have driven by there several times on my way to the Royal Golf Club and the AWA clubhouse. I thought I would be able to find the villa where the coffee was being held.
I was wrong. My GPS had the location (which turned out to be correct) but the road leading up to the area was blocked by some big barricades.
We tried going down a side road that did show it went through, but it did not. At the end of the side road we encountered a large guard carrying a large gun. He instructed us to turn around and go back which we did gladly. ML nervously asked, “Did he have a gun?” Yep, and a big one.
So we started driving around side roads trying to find our way through. Somewhere in the maze we ran into a car with 2 of my AWA friends who were also searching for the coffee. We decided to follow them.
T and L were also lost but seemed confident they could find the villa.
Although I had a feeling they were going in the wrong direction, I followed. My thought was 2 cars were safer than one.
We wound around through some markets and a small village. We right next to several of the burial mounds that must fill the area. We had passed the large burial grounds on the highway but I never dreamed you might drive right up next to them on a road.
|We drove right next to some of the burial mounds.|
|This is the view of the burial grounds from the highway.|
Quickly we passed the flagged buildings and in the distance I could see a major highway I recognized. We turned back the other direction and entered an area filled with big villas. I had a feeling this was the right area and my GPS confirmed we were on the correct road.
I flashed my lights at T & L trying to let them know I had the location of the villa identified but they kept on going. I decided to take a turn off the road they were on and head out on my own toward the location on the GPS. After only 2 turns I saw a line of parked SUV’s that looked like familiar AWA cars parked outside a villa. We made it.
|The neighborhood was filled with large villas just like this one.|
The coffee was fun and ML got a kick out of meeting all the ladies. It was truly a global experience. And, there was chocolate cake!
|ML comparing our box from La Chocolate to the color of the flowers at the door to the villa. They match beautifully|
|Our sweet from La Chocolate was very popular. We captured a piece to take home to D.|
|Here is our selfie with the President of AWA. ML is the cute one in the middle.|
|ML asleep in the chair at the beauty shop. I think jet lag was catching up with her.|
|Seef Mall is just down the street from our flat.|
Back at the flat we spread the sushi out on our living room table and ate Asian style as ML told D all about her adventures during her first day in the Middle East with Mema - what an adventure!
It was a great day! And, I am looking forward to tomorrow. We have decided to really step out of our comfort zone and order MacDonald’s DELIVERY for breakfast. What a HOOT!
Brenda (otherwise known as Mema)