Out of the window

Bus Transport
An elderly man asks which bus he should take
Bus Ride
The Bahrain National Theatre
Bahrain Bus
A top hotel advertises its Friday brunch
World Trade Centre
The twin towers of the Bahrain World Trade Centre
Commuters at a Manama bus shelter
Old Man Manama
An old man deep in thought as life passes him by
Coffee Shop Bahrain
A traditional Bahraini coffee shop does brisk business as usual
Passengers bus
Passengers get on to the bus in Manama
Father Son Shopping
A father-sun duo run to catch the bus home
Muharraq street
Passing by a Muharraq main street
Passsengers get on on the way to Manama
Empty bus
Not many people use public transport in Bahrain
Near the Bahrain International Airport
A beautifully-manicured garden in Muharraq
Scooters are hard to find on Bahrain’s roads
Old house
An old house in Muharraq
Traditional house Bahrain
The trade mark wind tunnels on an ancient Muharraq traditional house
Bahrain Bus
Another bus is pictured through the window
People sitting
A group of workers take a rest on the sidewalk
Muharraq Bus
The Muharraq Terminal
Bus Shelter
The bus shelter at the Muharraq Terminal
Sail Monument
Bahrain’s famous Sail Monument
Bus Inside
The inside of the modern bus
The bus driver

We took a bus ride this morning.
This is rather unusual in Bahrain for two reasons. One – there has never been (until now) any public transport that got you anywhere and, two, fuel is far too cheap in this country and there are far too many cars for anyone to really bother about taking a bus!
However, recently, the public transport buses were ‘relaunched’ and promised efficient service so we decided ti give it a go!
Of course, we first drive to the Manama Bus terminal and then took a bus to Muharraq and the Airport and back to Manama.
This took all of an hour, following which there was a minor shopping spree before the drive home.
We used to take the bus fairly frequently when we first arrived on the Island a decade and a half ago but getting a driving licence, and then a car, put paid to all that, even if it meant struggling to find parking spaces and getting the hang of the customary bad drivers in this part of the world.
Over the years, of course, the bus service deteriorated, the buses were akin to tin cans on wheels and no one in authority really bothered which way the service went.
But the authorities have now vowed to change all that so we decided to give it a go and experience that change.
Yes, the buses are comfortable and cool (they are new) and the drivers very friendly. But, as long as they are on the same roads as the rest of the traffic, I am afraid we will not get anywhere in a hurry.
I would love to go to work in a public transport bus but that, at the moment, would mean 90 minutes of travel and a change of bus on the way, when I can get to office within 15 minutes in by car.
While that may still be a distant dream, I decided to take along my camera on the bus ride.
Here are some of the pictures out of the window (closed, of course, due to the air-conditioning) of life from Manama to Muharraq and back.
A slice of island life, so to say!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. priyankamoraes says:

    Wish the BEST buses in Mumbai were half as empty !

    Liked by 1 person

    1. singhcircle says:

      I never think I can get on a BEST bus but the train I can negotiate bot only on a Sunday and never during rush hour!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. priyankamoraes says:

        I am scared to enter buses and trains . I get panic attacks !

        Liked by 1 person

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