The Move Hi to all those who care to read this! I am Michelle, living and working in Bahrain for the last two and a half years. I’m writing to let you in on my personal experiences here. So, how out of all the places in the world would one end up
Hi to all those who care to read this! I am Michelle, living and working in Bahrain for the last two and a half years. I’m writing to let you in on my personal experiences here.
So, how out of all the places in the world would one end up on a little island of 765.3 km2. Being from Europe, or more precisely Ireland, the economic crisis hit home hard. Four years ago, many ‘fresh out of college students’ were seeking jobs beyond the borders of Europe. For me it just so happened, I was offered a teaching position in Bahrain. Funnily enough I never knew such a place existed, and neither did a friend or foe of mine! Researching into this pearl isle, I found it to be quite intriguing. You might think the political unrest back then was extreme enough to turn anyone off, but it’s something I overlooked and thankfully so. Living in Bahrain has opened my mind. It has shaped me into a more, let’s say ‘go getter’!
Fun, fun, fun! What’s the point of living if you can’t have a little harmless fun?! What’s fun for a responsible expat in Bahrain? Personally, as a lady, my ultimate, favourite pastime is of course shopping! OK, so maybe not so much a pastime but if you get the opportunity to visit City Centre then maybe you’ll be more forgiving. City Centre has over 365 retail outlets, restaurants, a cinema with 20 screens (2 VIP screens for those more adventurous), a game centre for the kiddies, a bowling alley and a water park! Not too shabby!
If you are into more physical pastimes, you can also play many sports in Bahrain, but the most surprising sport for me was the ice hockey and skating rink. After all, it is a dessert! In Bahrain, always expect the unexpected!
Bahrain offers many different types of cuisine to it’s residents, Thai, Chinese, Turkish, Persian, Arabic are just a few to name. All the restaurants offer such unique and different atmospheres. A personal favourite restaurant of mine is Muju. A relaxing venue, located in the quaint island of Amwaj. This locale encaptures the enchanting view of Amwaj. Sitting outside on the restaurant’s veranda is a truly pleasurable experience. Especially when you’re lucky enough to take time from your busy schedule and capture a scenic view of the sunset. I would also encourage a sneaky cocktail to add to the ambiance.
Bahrain presents some of the most extravagant hotels I have ever witnessed in all my travels, the top being the Sofitel. I have captured wonderful pictures here that are only perfect to show off on your Instagram, making all those further afield jealous!
Juffair is a lively little area that accommodates many the expat. Many friends of mine have settled comfortably into these central buildings, and always have a couch to spare for that friend who lost their house keys!
To conclude my experience in this mysterious country, I have found Bahrain to be quite the surprise, a hidden little gem in the Middle East. This country never ceases to surprise me. You may have planned a quiet night on the couch but I can guarantee this island will always persuade you otherwise. So far this adventure is without doubt, an exceptional one and it couldn’t have been done without the people I’ve met along my way. Being a small country, Bahrain is almost like a bubble. You easily make friends and develop close bonds that I believe will last a lifetime. Without the friends I have made here Bahrain, my life would never have had this impact. After all, no man is an island!
By:- Michelle Horgan