This is where my heart is. This is where I want to be ;) Doesn't she look beautiful? Isn't she perfectly shaped?

Photo credit: NASA


Cerebralwaste said...

Why are you so homesick SBG? The cold weather perhaps?

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

the weathers and lots of other superficial and deeper issues..

the battle with the demons continues in my head.

and I miss my shawarma!!

Um Naief said...

I can understand and deeply sympathize w/ how you're feeling! Sometimes it doesn't matter what you do, the pain doesn't go away. Not that I'm trying to make you feel worse, I just know how it is. Being in Bahrain and away from the U.S., my family and friends is very difficult. Not to say that I don't like it here, because I do (most days! ;) ), plus my husband is here, but... I still miss the U.S. Some days it's better than others and then sometimes... well, I do what you're doing. It'll get easier w/ time, trust me. The first year is the hardest.

All my best to you!

Waffles said...

Now thats whay i call Bahrain :)

AbuRasool said...

عندما كان المرحــوم عبدالعزيز الشـــملان في المنفى كان يســـــميها

Cerebralwaste said...

There is no place to get REAL shawarma like the Gulf. Period.

Gardens of Sand said...

She is delightful. I miss Bahrain so very much and yet I can't pinpoint or explain exactly what it is about Bahrain that I miss. My family and friends, I miss them deeply, but even if they were here in the US with me, I would still ache for Bahrain. When I talk to my friends here about Bahrain, they don't understand why I long for it so much. I just say that once they see and experience Bahrain, they would fall in love with it too. Is it the scortching heat, the desert and sand, the never ending traffic jams, the stifling humidity, the sad political situation? What exactly I don't know, but I know love for it is flowing in my veins.

Um Naief said...

You know, in thinking about your post, Gardens of Sand, I think that if I left Bahrain (even tho I didn't grow up here), I'd really miss it too. Bahrain has some type of pull.... I don't know if it's the old vs. new, seeing all the ppl, from all the different nationalities, walking around the suq (hurriedly going on their way), the coffee shops and shesha, the old bldgs and beautiful architecture... there's just so much here - even in the midst of so much chaos there is beauty.

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

Exactly the same feeling buddy! Even if my family, friends and all my worldly possessions were brought to me, Bahrain would still be sadly missed.

Do you know why? It is because our love for our country is unconditional. Despite the 'political situation' and the humiliation, we love Bahrain. Despite the fact that we are being graded as citizens and put into categories and classes in a pseudo-deMOCKratic situation which makes the heart bleed, we love Bahrain.
Even when we see and live and experience injustice, we love Bahrain.
And the more it hurts, the more we love it.
A bunch of sadists, aren't we?

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

I like that name .. 7leywah.. If you don't mind, I will borrow it and add it to the list I have assembled over the years.

When I was in Bahrain, my pet name for her was "El Mal7ah" ..

I guess that wasn't an accurate description..

7leywah sounds better. It brings a smile to my face..

Thanks for sharing

AbuRasool said...

I do not think the late Al-Shamlan would mind. Be his guest.

But it is ihlay-wooooh


As in

جعفرووه أو حمدوووه

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

So i7lay-woooooooooooh it is .. just like in Ja'afaroooooooh .. and I wouldn't dare repeat the second name.

I still would like to return to Bahrain and live there forever after!

AbuRasool said...


أي بتسـْــكين
و ليس فتحها كما تخـيلتِ

الآن صار الموضوع جوكم

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

Thanks for the clarification Dr Khalaf!

I was starting to get worried ;)

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

The machbous, funny enough, I can cook.. and it is, touch wood, as good as the best I have tasted in Bahrain!

But it isn't just the food.. I just wish it was!

Rolando said...

I don't understand it. I don't understand what is so mystical and magical about Bahrain! Someone really ought to explain this to me.

Cerebralwaste said...


You can't explain the mystical and magical part of Bahrain. It simply is just something that happens to everyone I know who has been there. The place gets under your skin and you feel like you must return. It isn't one specific thing that stands out that makes this Boston based psycho shawarma lover come back again and again. It is a lot of little things I think that individually mean nothing but as a whole add up to that intangible yet impressionable making love that you have to experience to understand.

Do yourself a favor. Graduate law school and take a trip to Bahrain. I think you will sense the same thing we all feel about the country..

Dar said...

That is really touchy !

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

You will get there one day hopefully. One's infatuation with his homeland is a lifelong love affair too difficult for words to quantify or explain.

CW puts it into words better than I do.. He is in love, like we all are!

Glad you were touched.

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