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What to do with 6 hours in Bahrain? See the Bahrain International Circuit like a boss!

What to do with 6 hours in Bahrain? See the Bahrain International Circuit like a boss!

One of the best things about travelling, is that its given me almost unlimited confidence to pull off ridiculous stunts and never take “NO!” for an answer. I’ve always had the mindset, that if I’m going to travel around the world to see a new country, eat some food or experience a different culture … I expect a barrier to my experience … it can come in the form of people saying the following : “No!” “You can’t go there …” “It’s not safe ..” “It’s closed ..” When I was in Argentina visiting Iguazu Falls, I wanted to see ... Read More »

Signs of Bahranis

Signs of Bahranis

Bahrain is a place of contrasts … here are some Signs of Bahranis The island is practically all desert with no natural water table yet they have golf courses and houses with lawns. Note I said “courses”, meaning plural. The nation has one of the highest average GDPs in the world yet also has a well known “indentured slave” situation. Those who wear all white are never seen doing manual or office labour, and those who don’t do all the office work. God forbid that you don’t have white skin, then you’re just doing all the labour in the desert ... Read More »

My Tree of Life odyssey in Bahrain

My Tree of Life odyssey in Bahrain

Odyssey : a long wandering or voyage usually marked by many changes of fortune I don’t know what Bahrain looked like 100 yrs ago, but I’m sure the phrases “shitty desert wasteland” were muttered by some people. In fact, once you leave the environs of the ridiculously overbuilt Manama City, you’ll see a lot of wasteland, arid desert and sparse foliage … which makes sense in the desert. In the vast wasteland, I can only imagine how much of a wonder that the “Tree of Life” looked like. Trinis aren’t really impressed by trees … because in case you didn’t ... Read More »

Mileage running thoughts to Bahrain

Mileage running thoughts to Bahrain

I try to stay away from “stream of consciousness” writing. On a travel blog, it’s difficult to follow and doesn’t serve a clear purpose. That being said, travelling is the only true education … You can’t dismiss things that you see with your own eyes or tales you hear first hand. You do learn to question history as written in text books, because you see, hear and feel it differently. Like learning, travelling is hard on the mind and body, especially if you start question all sources of knowledge. I’m somewhere over Sivas, turkey. I have about 2 3/4 hrs ... Read More »

Visa Information for Bahrain

Visa Information for Bahrain

Visa Information for Bahrain : Entry Visas : Foreign nationals may enter Bahrain with a tourist visa (for individuals or groups), 72 – hour visa, 7 – day visa, visit visa, business visa, family visa, dependent visa, or an employment visa. Generally all types of visas (except certain categories of tourist visas which can be obtained from Consulates abroad) are to be applied for by local sponsor in Bahrain. Tourist Visa Tourist visas can be obtained at the Bahrain International Airport or at the King Fahad Causeway for : Citizens of the European Community, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan ... Read More »

Drinking coffee in Bahrain …

Drinking coffee in Bahrain …

Normally, when going to a new country, it’s pretty easy to find stuff to do … but when one has to condense a visit into 23 hours, you really have to prioritize your options and know your customs. Hey Trinis … here is some information about Bahrain, that you might not have known…aside that we beat them up in a football match! The only island-state in the Arab world, Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands with a combined area about the size of Singapore. The main island lies in the Arabian Gulf about halfway between Saudi Arabia to the ... Read More »

Toronto to Bahrain … Mileage Running from a Trini perspective

Toronto to Bahrain … Mileage Running from a Trini perspective

If you ask most Trinidadians about Bahrain … they’re probably going to tell you that, we beat them in a World Cup decider 1-0 to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. This is the most famous goal in Trinidad’s football history. That being said … most Trinis will know nothing else of this tiny Arab nation. Until I found a ridiculous mileage run from New Brunswick, I never actually thought I would be heading to Bahrain … but since I’m going there, I will be taking a picture with a Trini flag over there. As with any ... Read More »

Wednesday Photo Nights #16 : Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia, Turkey

Wednesday Photo Nights #16 : Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia, Turkey

Wandering through Turkey, you’re going to end up seeing fairy chimneys in Cappadocia! It’s absolutely inevitable! You’re also going to head to Goreme – which is a town of cave dwellers (people live in caves … so do tourists), even more fairy chimneys, rock-cut churches adorned with ancient Christian frescoes and underground cities. I’ve seen photos of the famous ‘fairy chimneys’ for years, but nothing quite prepares you for this bizarre almost Martian landscape; not that I’ve been to Mars – it’s what I imagine it to be. These tall stone formations look like they have mushroomed up randomly, some ... Read More »

Taxi to Ephesus from Kusadasi : How much should it cost?

Taxi to Ephesus from Kusadasi : How much should it cost?

You’ll need a taxi to Ephesus from Kusadasi, if you’re there on a cruise. If you’ve come here from my 10 steps for DIY visit to Ephesus post – you’ll still need to get that taxi. The one thing in this part of the world, is that you’ll have to haggle and negotiate everything. I have no issues battling it out with some touts but once you’re docked at Kusadasi – you will have to negotiate if you’re going to get to Ephesus. As for the Kusadasi itself, it’s quite walkable from the port, but when you arrive, nothing will ... Read More »

It’s 12/12/12 … so here’s my travel year in review …

It’s 12/12/12 … so here’s my travel year in review …

As we come to the end of the year, you can’t help but reflect on the year that has gone by. For Diane and I, the adventures are almost over for the rest of the year, since we’re going to Guatemala again on December 27th. So as I sit here at the Westin in Edmonton at 5am, I’ve had some time to reflect on what an amazing and wonderful 2012 it’s been. In honour of it being 12/12/12 today, here’s my top 12 travel moments of 2012. 1. Winter in Banff, then Napa Valley To start the year, we ended ... Read More »