Tall Story

  I had no idea these would even grow in Bahrain, let alone develop so well. When a plant shop salesman handed me these seeds months ago, he was also not sure what would happen. Yes, they will grow, he said, to a few feet above the ground and, maybe, give some flowers. You can…

And then it burst into flames

The sky looked surrealistic this afternoon as I gazed out of my bedroom window. It was cloudy, as if about to rain; it was windy, with the icy winds (yes, seems improbable, but there WAS snowfall in Saudi Arabia today and that’s having a ripple effect on Bahrain); and it was dull and dreary, with…

The High Way

Nothing behind me; Everything ahead of me; As is ever so on the road —The Bahrain desert, Summer 2015

DJ (desert) Style

Bahrain’s desert is a very busy place in the winter but when people leave after a camping season lasting several months, they leave behind their furniture, tents and even (broken) televisions. This particular camping site must’ve been the place to be when in full flow a few months ago, complete with a nightclub and a…

Lonely life in the desert

This is perhaps one of the world’s loneliest trees. Bahrain’s Tree of Life, reportedly around 500 years old, is also number 6 in a list of the world’s seven most amazing trees. The mesquite tree sits at the highest point in the barren desert, miles from the another natural tree and is thought to have…