Daily Archives: February 10, 2009

Last Day in Bahrain

Posted by on February 10, 2009

Today I had an interview with Nina Lauri from the Bahrain Tribune. We went to Fort Bahrain, a World Heritage Site and talked for two hours. I learned more about Bahrain in those two hours than I did during the several days I’ve been here. It is good to have a local explain things to you that you can’t see in only a few days.

Among the many things I learned about was the religious divide in the country (Sunni vs Shia), and saw some anti-government graffiti on the way out from the fort and some photos of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. (he is the head Shia official in Iraq)

Tonight is my last night in Bahrain. Tomorrow I’m off to Kuwait for two days and then Egypt. The flights from Kuwait to Cairo are very cheap, so the stay over in Kuwait City with hotel is almost the same a flight from Bahrain.

There isn’t a ton in Kuwait I’m that interested in seeing. I’ll do a day tour of Kuwait city or something similar and unless something exciting comes up, my primary focus for the next few weeks is obviously Egypt. The great pyramids and the ancient Egyptian ruins on the Nile are near the top of things to see in the entire world. I also plan on going diving in the Red Sea, which is something I haven’t done since last September in Phuket, Thailand.

I am crossing my fingers that bandwidth in Cairo will be better than in the Gulf states. I realize I have no reason to believe it will be so, but a guy can hope.

Daily Travel Photo – Luang Prabang, Laos

Posted by on February 10, 2009

Women giving rice at morning alms ceremony, Luang Prabang, Laos

Women giving rice at morning alms ceremony, Luang Prabang, Laos

Every morning in Luang Prabang, monks from the local monasteries will line up and parade through the streets to receive alms from local villagers. This usually takes the form of sticky rice and fruit. This woman was a sandwich vendor across from my hotel who took part in the alms ceremony with her young son.

Daily Travel Photo – Luang Prabang, Laos

Posted by on February 10, 2009

Women giving rice at morning alms ceremony, Luang Prabang, Laos

Women giving rice at morning alms ceremony, Luang Prabang, Laos

Every morning in Luang Prabang, monks from the local monasteries will line up and parade through the streets to receive alms from local villagers. This usually takes the form of sticky rice and fruit. This woman was a sandwich vendor across from my hotel who took part in the alms ceremony with her young son.