5th July 2016 - Last day of fasting
6th July 2016– Eid Mubarak
This, my friend, is the Shakshouka! This is how we get even in Yanbu but much tastier! So I still have not seen or had the Shakshouka which the Internet claims to look like!
We knew nothing will be opened today as its a Public holiday, yet we drove around. We stopped at Arad Fort…which was closed, either for some renovation like seen or most likely because it was a public holiday.
Drove around F’s school and it got me down the nostalgic road of my school days! I love my school days more than my college days. What about you guys?
This country is a tiny dot compared to Saudi Arabia so don't think there isn't much to it! It is generally believed that Bahrain is a "weekend haven" for the people of Saudi.
Next, we were heading to the popular Tree of Life which was a disappointment as I expected something extraordinary owing to its hype. In reality, it didn't strike me as something to name as the tree of "Life"! Anyways, one more tourist landmark for Bahrain! The drive to locate this tree was more fun than the destination. It was peak noon and you can imagine the heat, so we hardly spent any time here.
It was so annoying that the guard whose job is not just to guard the tree but I believe should manage the visitors too. A few boys were there constantly not budging, taking numerous selfies and so we just moved on. It was not worth our time.
We got back to the room, freshened and then headed to Nattinpuram. It was fully occupied and a lot more were waiting. Luckily as we were just two we got a perfect table for two beside the pond-like thingy which was actually nice. Minus the commotion and the constant talking, the food was good. I don’t know if it is the life in Yanbu, I have become intolerant to excessive noise and too much talking! 🙁
Downtown Rotana was in an ideal location with most of the restaurants and shopping places just a walk away. After a long siesta, later in the night, we went for a long walk to Bab al Bahrain. This is just a few minutes from the hotel. Bab Al Bahrain is a historical building that marks the entrance to its Souq or market. History says that this entrance once stood close to the coast, but due to the recent land reclamation (making land in the sea) the monument is now amidst the city. The pathway of the souq was lit up with Eid decorative lighting and I didn't feel comfortable standing and clicking pictures in the crowd. It was beautiful.
Back in the hotel, we ordered some light dinner in the room and called it a night. The walk was indeed a workout! Phew…