Out in Bahrain: Manama Souq

According to Wikipedia a souq is defined as…

A souq or souk is an open-air marketplace or commercial quarter in Middle Eastern and North African cities. The equivalent Persian term is “bazaar”.

I guess you could the Manama Souq is kind of like that. A little bit. It’s more like an area with lots of all sorts of shops selling everything from sandals to potatoes.

Back in November, we took the parentals to the Manama Souq, for them to have some sort of feel of a different side of Bahrain. And well, we wanted to have breakfast at Saffron – probably our all time favourite place to have breakfast in Bahrain.

The last few times we’ve been to the souq I haven’t taken my camera with me. Remembered to fix that this time, and took a small handful of photos while walking around. Continue reading Out in Bahrain: Manama Souq

See you in a couple of weeks!

It gives me great pleasure to say, see you in a couple of weeks! I’m off on holiday and will be back on the 8th of March.

Where am I going? Well, I’m heading to the States. First stop, Phoenix, Arizona. Then we’ll be heading to Portland, Oregon for a week. Then back to Arizona to do the Grand Canyon. Then we’ll have a short stop-over in London to see some family and friends before we head home.

I can’t wait. The bags are all packed, except a few little things I have to pop in the suitcase after I get ready.

While I’m away the blog will mostly be quiet – but I’ve got a few things scheduled in to keep the place ticking over.

I will most likely be Tweeting and Instagramming my way through the holiday. So feel free to stalk my holidays! Can’t wait to make some new holiday memories. Belgium feels like such a long time ago.

See you in March!

(Photo by Liana Metzler, from Unsplash, edited by me.)

The January Recap

Like my 365 project rundown for January showed, it’s been a quiet month. And I have really, really enjoyed it.

The great thing about having a nice, quiet and somewhat frugal month is getting to stay in and just consume film after film after film. Oh and a smattering of TV too.

January was a great month for films. Saw 11 films in January alone! Doing a lot of work to catch up on all the films I’ve missed from last year. And perhaps the year before that too. Check them out: Continue reading The January Recap

Out in Bahrain: Budaiya Farmers’ Market

It turns out, we’re farmers market people.

Every year, from December to June, there’s Budaiya Farmers’ Market. Taking place in, funnily enough, Budaiya, just off Budaiya Highway. Every Saturday morning between 8am and 12pm, you can get farm fresh stuff from Bahraini farmers.

We’ve never been able to go. A) Because it only just turned December last month. B) OH (Let me just start calling him A from now on, huh?) works until 2am, so getting up at 7:30am to get to the farmers market for 8am isn’t exactly appealing. At some point, we felt, it’s our duty. After all, we’re always complaining that there’s never anything to do in Bahrain. There is, we’re just not up early enough for it. Continue reading Out in Bahrain: Budaiya Farmers’ Market

The Things I Miss Most About Winter

This is my first full winter out of England. And while it’s lovely waking up to sunny skies every day. Being able to go out without having to wrap up. Or wondering if it’ll rain and do I need a brolly. I’m finding there are a few things I miss about winter. Who’d have thunk it? Didn’t I complain about winter all the time in England? Continue reading The Things I Miss Most About Winter