Hi, everyone! I’ve got myself a little fall cold (must be the brisk daily high temperatures of 98 degrees), so I thought I’d take this Thursday evening to update the blog. Life has been busy busy, as I’m sure it is for you all, too, so thanks for taking your time to keep up with me:).
The last few weeks have been wonky, with lots of Bahraini/Muslim holidays, days off school, and TRAFFIC on our tiny island. I like to check it out from the balcony of my new high-rise flat (see below). I moved a few weeks ago and while I was worried to be a bit farther away from the “action” of the Adliya neighborhood nightlife (0.6 miles to be exact – but hey! it’s a tiny island), I’m loving the gorgeous view and the cozier living quarters. I’ll send more pictures later once my furniture shipment #2 from the states arrives, but until then, this is what I’m looking out over at the moment.
Other than that, I’ve been busy in the logistics of year two in Bahrain – renewing residency cards, car insurance, terminating leases, drafting new ones, etc. This has proved a little difficult with all the holidays and the fact that one step processes often take about five in the land of NQR. At least the weather is cooling (and I’ve fixed the air conditioning in my trusty Ford Focus), so I’m not sweating quite as much through it all – literally and figuratively.
And here are a few snapshots from Italy. I was lucky enough to attend a training in this beautiful place last week, so I got my fill of crisp fall air, color-changing leaves, pizza (!!!!), pottery, handblown glass – and my first glimpse of Venice. Oh-my-holy CROWDED! The fall cruise ships were in full effect, but lucky, the city was so stunning that we were able to overlook all the selfie sticks (including mine – thanks for last year’s Christmas gift, cousins Val, Syd, and Chloe :). I will be back – and I’ve downloaded Duolingo Italian to be sure!
WAIT – Did I mention I met Hello Kitty????? I was at base picking up a pint of sour cream for a glitzy disco-themed party (yeah, never thought I’d type that sentence…), and I followed the pink carpet and beat of Bieber’s Despacito to find this land of photo ops, kiddie crafts, and her royal highness. What a weekend treat! The party was a blast, too, celebrating a dear friend’s 50th! You know you’re in the right place where theme parties are warmly embraced.
As always, I hope you’re doing well in your corners of the world, and I’m going to try to update this a bit more often. Next up will be a report on the finished flat decor and my trip to Georgia (country, not state).