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Bahraini Cultural Observations 1

It’s interesting to reflect on how I change when I’m in Bahrain, as opposed to when I’m in Melbourne.

Today I saw a girl and a guy having a coffee and a chat at Baretto and it didn’t occur to me until about 10 minutes later that they could be dating. It’s really not something that goes through my mind when I see a girl & a guy having coffee. In Bahrain however, if I see a guy & a girl having coffee in a cafe I immediately assume that they are carrying on a clandestine relationship and notice all of the little awkward oddities about their interaction.

Also in Melbourne I think nothing of scantily clad girls or girls that smoke. It’s summer, it’s hot, why not wear hot pants or a mini-skirt? Why not have a fag ouside with your coffee? In Bahrain, however, if you see a (Bahraini/Arab) girl with shoulders exposed, anything resembling slight cleavage, wearing anything above the knee and/or smoking then you immediately assume at the back of your mind that she’s probably of loose morals and probably comes from one of those expat schools. Not very fair but I just can’t help these things going through the back of my mind.

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  1. nivy
    March 21, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    alex! i expect better of you. when your in the khaleej you think how everyone else does, and thats never a good thing. but you already know this 🙂

  2. alexlobov
    March 22, 2009 at 4:06 am

    i do know it but wallahi i can’t help it!

  3. tima
    April 8, 2009 at 2:03 am

    oh yeh and what was ur impression of me then huh?

  4. alexlobov
    April 8, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Hahaha, Tima, i think we all agree that you’re not exactly the average Bahraini girl 😛

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