A Busy day, and the Sport of Kings
Al Manamah Travel Blog› entry 11 of 11 › view all entries
March 6th, 2009 – by: sarahelaine
Today, we went to the Corniche, which is sort of the seafront in Manama. We were looking for a bloke who sometimes does tourist rides for camels, which I would have quite liked to do. I mean, everyone was going to ask if I'd had a camel ride when I go tback. It would have been nice to say yes. But there was no camel man there, so we went to the Horse Racing instead.
The horse racing was great. I used to be a barmaid at Musselburgh Racecourse, but of course, racing is different in a country where you don't drink or gamble. There were a lot more families there, for a start, and the atmosphere was much more laid back.
After that we went to Al Abraaj, a restaurant near the airport. The food was excellent, and w ehad a booth to ourselves. Apparently this is so that women who wear Abayas can take them off without the waiters seeing them without them, and aso means that you have a private booth, which was lovely. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful, and you should definately go if you find yourselves in Bahrain Airport on a layover or something. I also finally got to try Bahraini food, which in this case was a Pilaf-like dish called Machboos. I really recommend it.
After a bit of a row about whether I was allowed my carpet on the airplane, I set off home. I've decided a week was far too short...
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