So it was the Summer of 2010. Right after exams finished, there were only a few days left before my trip to the US as always. It was pretty hard to believe that my exams were over. Non-stop studying, day and night. I had gotten used to it all. All of a sudden, exams were finished and it was sort of like a shock. Anyway, the time to travel finally came. First stop was Bahrain, instead of the usual Dubai. It was a pretty small airport..not much to do except a few restaurants and duty free. We had a 17 hour layover in Bahrain, pretty long so we couldn’t really stay at the airport. We got a transit visa, the hotel vouchers and finally headed out. I was hungry. There were many fast food options. Papa John’s, Dairy Queen, Cinnabon and a lot of others. I decided to get Dairy Queen. I ordered a double cheeseburger meal, a chili cheese hot dog and a chicken wrap. The only things which were good were the fries and the chicken wrap. We went to the hotel. Had meal vouchers. We were dead tired, I decided to take a shower then dosed off for a bit. I woke up, freshened up. Then, my sister and I called up a cab and went to the Bahrain City Center.
As we were cruising around the city, we got to see the sites. The architecture seemed to be inspired by marine life and fauna. Fish and what not. We reached the mall, and man, it was HUGE. All the international brands; Nautica, Ferrari, Next, etc. We walked around. Soon, we were hungry. We went to the food court, that was huge also. So many choices. I felt like buying soemthing from every single place. Eventually, I settled for this one Persian kabab dish with rice, can’t forget a small cheese pizza from Little Caesar’s. :p
We walked around a bit more , then it was time to go. We got in a cab and headed back for the hotel. On our way back, the city looked beautiful with the lighting. We reached the hotel and rested for a bit. Then we left for the airport.
Thus our Bahrain adventure came to an end. It was a different experience altogether. That’s one more country on the list of countries visited.
Next stop was Frankfurt. It was a pretty long flight. We finally reached. Frankfurt International Airport was a different experience compared to London Heathrow. It was really bland and boring to be honest. Not much to do. I was hungry. I looked around..nothing but sausages and frankfurters and wieners and what not! ugggggh..finally..we came across a sandwich and pretzel stall. I got sandwich which had mozzarella and sun dried tomatoes along with some rocket leaves. It was different, but it was good.
Finally, the trip to Dallas commenced. We finally reached there. We had to sign the declaration form as usual. We waited in line for immigration. We didn’t go through much trouble this time around..I am so glad. We got out and went home. We got some groceries on the way. From then on, it was a normal home routine. We did our own laundry, made our own beds, cooked and what not. My sister and I would go for walks to shopping centers nearby since neither of us have a license. It was good exercise actually. Marshall’s, Super Target, Walmart, Walgreen’s, Family Dollar, all were walking distance.
This summer was a whole new experience for us overall. I found out some interesting things about my family’s history and the truth about why some people are the way they are. It’s sad, but we can’t do anything about it now can we? Everyday, we had to deal with new drama and stories, but hey, it’s all a part of life.
We didn’t do much this summer except for sit around at home and watch tv. I finally started to have Taco Bell after a long hiatus. Ah, the joy. Another favorite place of mine, Jack in the Box. The stuffed jalapenos, the curly fries, all worth putting those extra pounds on. :D. I went to the movies a couple of times..5 to be exact. Grown Ups- the most hilarious comedy movie of the summer. Killers was alright. Predators was okayish. Sorcerer’s Apprentice was nice. Inception, however, was the best summer movie yet. It was simply amazing. In the last few weeks of my trip, my cousins from Houston came to get us. We chilled for like 2 days in Dallas..went to downtown and the major sites..snapped a few pics and were headed back for Houston. We went to the Kemah Boardwalk. Got an all day pass. First we went to the stingray’s. We fed them..it was a cool experience..we even got to touch them. Next, we went on the Roller coaster. I had never been on one. As I was sitting on it, I had no idea what I was going to endure in the next two minutes of my life. The ride started. We slowly started to move and went down. The ride caught some momentum and the madness started. I actually felt the resistive G-forces. In the end my bottom was sore, I pulled a couple of muscles here and there and I felt a ticklish feeling in my stomach. It was a cool experience..then we went on the other rides..all G-force related. Again, the zero gravity was felt. We roamed around the boardwalk till evening and then we head back for Houston. On our way, we stopped at this Persian restaurant. I ordered this beef kabab dish. Man! It was so soft and tender. Melted in my mouth, literally! The next day, we checked out the Museum in the Museum District. Really cool stuff they had there, but the gift shop was damn expensive. The next day, we head out for the beach for a few hours, came back and got ready to head for Dallas. The next 9 days went by like anything.
The time to travel came again. We said our goodbye’s to everyone. Our trip began. We reached Pakistan.
It was as if the summer was a dream. All the fun, all the mental pressure we had to deal with. All over. A very eventful summer, memorable indeed.