Summer in Bahrain Pt. 2

Flight path from Seattle to Italy on 9/7/13

Flight path from Seattle to Italy on 9/7/13

Catching up on all of what has been going on this summer, I have been catching everything up. Follow me on instagram @nspevak or Facebook www.facebook.com/chickenriceandbroccoli

 Earlier, I posted part 1 here

Here is the rest of the summer, July – September. 

JULY

The end of June came and went and along with it brought Ramadan. Ramdan is a month of fasting and prayer for Muslims. During the day, they spend time in prayer and rest, fasting from everything. The do no smoke, eat, drink, and refrain from labor during the day. At night, they break their fast after sunset and have amazing meals that families prepare.

A lot of hotels have parties to celebrate Iftar at night, and throughout the month. Basically they flip their day around, resting during the day and up during the night. Our employees cut back from 8 hours to 6 hours a day, which made scheduling difficult, but it worked.

 end of ramdan brunch

During Ramadan, everything is closed during the day, and clubs shut down during the night. Businesses which do sell alcohol stop selling it, and some places even close down for the month giving their employees time off. We took off the month from hockey, as the rink got really busy with people celebrating during the evening.

It was quite an experience and I learned a lot by living right in the middle of it all.

On base, we celebrated 4th of July with a BBQ and band. It was nice to sit and enjoy with all my US friends and their family members celebrating the US in the middle east.

 

I got a couple of photo shoots in with friends in Bahrain. I got to share some stuff that I learned, and learn from them as well. It was a lot of fun and art was made.

lachie shoulder
Headshot 1 

The end of July also ended Ramadan and I was able to get together with some friends from the work and church. A friend had his family come from the US during Ramadan to visit (the month was a mistake, but the visit was great!). We ended Ramadan with a wonderful brunch.

 AUGUST

Mens summit roger 1August started with a lot of goodbyes. The end of July and beginning of August is “PCS season” where there are a lot of changes and movement in the military. I had a lot of goodbyes to people I got close to and have been good friends getting together and us all getting through our time in Bahrain.

There was a goodbye to a hockey friend, who returned to Canada with his family. We all got together for brunch and bad karaoke for one final send off.

frenchy goodbye 2frenchy goodbye group 1 

The the super moon came along, and here is the picture I snapped from my front porch.

 supermoon

A few of us at work found this WONDERFUL Mexican food place in Bahrain. The owner, from San Diego, opened up in April. Since we found this place, I think I have missed going there maybe 2 or 3 days. We get burritos and tacos for lunch, I will pick something up for dinner as well. Delicious. The best Mexican food in Bahrain, just like home!!

sombreros

 SEPTEMBER

So September is pretty much over, and not A LOT of stuff has gone on, but something huge did happen. What did happen, was I hit one full year here in Bahrain. It feels like it has gone by so quickly. I left the US September 7, 2013, and started in Bahrain on September 11.

I got promotion and am coming home. I am getting orders to Newport, Rhode Island and should report sometime in November. More to come on that in a future post.

rhode island announcemnet

2 thoughts on “Summer in Bahrain Pt. 2

  1. I was wondering when I’d get your latest update. Was getting a little worried. Glad you got around to it! Nice video. Thanks for sharing. Look forward to your next adventure and possibly your most dangerous … RHODE ISLAND!!!

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