Wow, the weather has finally turned good; right now im sitting on the grass at the (dolphin) corniche in manama. Come November every year, Bahrain finally says 'bye bye' to the ridiculous heat that has been plaguing us since, lets say, April?
Yes, Bahrain is officially a burning oven, an overheated car engine, a first class sauna, for lets say a good 50% of the year. As for the remaining period, the weather usually ranges from the reasonably pleasant, the uncomfortably cold, the ridiculously wet, to everything in between.
But today is one of those beautifully perfect days. The breeze is cool, sun is out but not too hot, and here by the sea the sky is blue, the grass is green, and a number of families have come out to enjoy the weather, leaving their children to play in the open air.
One thing I figure needs to change about the Bahraini (and probably Arab) mentality in general, is how they're always up in each others business. It's sort of funny, actually. Today, our family finds a nice spot to sit, near a bunch of other families, and this group of women a few meters away just stare. Through the corner of their eye, of course, but they're sitting there staring and chattering to themselves. Normal; that's what happens when you put a bunch of arab women together, but after a few minutes you would expect it to stop.
But no, they just kept going, so I decided they needed a lesson. When we put out the food and started eating, I took a plate of food and went over and offered it to them. They looked suprised, and asked what I was doing, so I said "You've been staring since we got here so I figured you might want some of our food, as you didn't have any of your own".
Needless to say, problem solved, and they stopped staring totally. lol.