pilgrim in bahrain

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have”.

– Eckhart Tolle.

 

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Day 101/ 365

This time round, my pilgrim adventures took me beyond the Kenyan borders and into the Persian Gulf. Bahrain has been good to me, although I fear that my overexcitement may be driving my family crazy. I’m always the last to enter and leave whatever space I find myself in – marveling at the beauty of life in it all – tugging around and switching between my phone and camera that I got a few days ago (which I’m still learning how to use), and coming up with new places to see.

On my 4th day in Bahrain, my uncle decided to treat us to an afternoon at the Amwaj Islands, which are a group of man-made islands about forty five minutes drive from the capital Manama. Bahrain is a fairly small place, and with the progressive infrastructure it’s easy to connect and move around between places. The drive was forty five minutes long only because we left the house during the usual 4 pm rush hour, when everyone was getting out of work, and even then, it was an enjoyable trip, with uncle explaining to us that most of the buildings we saw were built on reclaimed land. Amazing. Even more impressive was the beautiful public housing he’d point out to us, where residents don’t pay rent and the house is considered their own. Mind blown.

For now, I’ll just take a back seat on the touristy stuff and focus on enjoying my time with my family. Maybe make them a lovely meal and help around the house tomorrow, then venture out the day after? I have a few places in mind and I want them in their best moods so they can willingly accept 🙂

To expound on that thought, I recently read somewhere online that the best way to explore a new place is by foot, walking around and familiarizing yourself with the sights. Maybe I should just walk around the neighborhood and get a few shots not too far from the house so I don’t get lost? With technology these days, I could navigate with Google maps – only problem is I haven’t got a local sim card and just depend on spaces I can access wifi to talk to my loved ones back at home or upload pictures on Instagram. No wi-fi, no connection beyond the spaces I find myself in, and I realized today that it’s been making me anxious. I’ll try to be more present and in the moment instead – remind myself what I’m grateful for. It’s so important to savour the beautiful little moments life offers us, and be grateful for exactly where we are. Alhamdulilah.

I shot all these pictures in manual mode. This post would have been up sooner if I didn’t have to sift through all the test shots, a folder of about 70 pictures that I downsized to these 11 on this post, ha! I just lightly edited them on Photoshop, the usual brightness, contrast, curves and colour balance functions. I feel like there’s a lot to be learnt and I’m excited at the opportunity to keep growing.

Chat more soon.

Author: Fatma Sultan

Hello, I'm Fatma Sultan. Architecture is my chosen career path. My love and appreciation for art is larger than I can put in a few words but it all comes down to the freedom to express oneself in so many different ways: painting, sketching, drawing, poetry, writing, photography, furniture design, cooking, pottery and even personal style. I hope to inspire my readers in any way that I can, and at least put a smile on somebody's face. Thanks for stopping by!

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