We don't fly out until after midnight but we had to check out of our room by 3pm (and that was with them giving us an extra 4 hours past normal check out time) so it was a bit challening trying to figure out what to do with our day. We didn't want to waste it by waiting around for our flight, we wanted to take advantage of our last day. How do you do that, start out by going to the beach! We knew that back home it was about 30 degrees so we wanted to soak up every last bit of sun we could!
Owen, our little prince, took advantage of the sun and his last chance to be...
looks like he had it rough doesn't it?!?!?!
We knew we had 30+ hours of travel ahead of us where we would be stuck in muggy airports so we wanted to breath in as much fresh air as we could. Here's a great way (or 2) to soak up as much fresh air and be outside as long as possible.... take your naps outside!
Poor little Addyson has gotten in contact with something that has caused her to have a terrible allergic reaction. I too, have a rash on my arms and neck but it is not near as bad as poor Addyson's.
Poor baby! Since we had to check out of our room at 3, we decided to go back to the market area for a bit of last minute shopping and to see if we could find something for Addyson. It is so tricky when you are in a foreign country to find a medicine or ointment to take care of whatever ache or pain you have. I'm usually on top of this and bring a TON of stuff with me. Ironically, I picked up the hydrocortisone cream to pack but it never made it in our bag.... and that's the one thing we needed! Thankfully, we found ONE pharmacy that was open (today is Saturday, so it is like a Sunday to them and a lot of stores are closed) and the pharmacist asked me a lot of questions and gave me some drops that would ease the itchiness. Good enough to get us home.
Stopping for a snack break! Look how helpful Owen is!!! So sweet!
We left the market area and started walking in the direction of our hotel. The drops we bought for Addyson set us back 2 dinar and we had already budgeted our money to have just enough for a taxi from the market to the hotel and then one from the hotel to the airport. Now we were a bit short.....oops! So, we walked a bit to make up the difference. We happened to walk by Bahrain's World Trade Center which I had seen several times from a taxi window and was hoping to get the chance to get a close up. Can you see the 3 wind turbines in the middle of the 2 towers? They are proud to say that this is Bahrian's "first truly intelligent building with an array of sophisticated SMART features."
On the other side of the Trade Center is a VERY fancy hotel that we stumbled across. Turns out, it is the site of the most exclusive shopping in Bahrain with over 150 of luxury brand stores. We definatly were not dressed up enough to be shopping here and we got looks from a lot of people. The stores here sold items that cost several hundred dollars each and so they only had a few items in each store front. For us, it was a way to cut through instead of walking the streets all the way around.
It was a neat for us to see that there was more to shopping than the downtown market we had just been at. We were told that Bahrain was very wealthy so I was surprised that we hadn't seen a mall like this until now. I love that, no matter where you are, mall, airport, workplace, you can always find a mosque or praying area!
After shopping, we headed back to the hotel to eat dinner and grab our bags. We took advantage, and ate at the seafood restaurant one more time!!!! I ate SO many shrimp, I don't think I want to see another one for a month or so!!! Because we want the kids to sleep on the plane, we ate supper later to draw out our day. Poor Addyson just couldn't take it anymore.
We took the kids back to play at the play area for one last time and we sat back and took it all in. What a great day it has been and what a wonderful trip! Some might say we are crazy for taking our kids halfway around the world and I know this isn't for everyone but for us, it works! I know our kids might not remember all the details of this trip, actually, they probably won't have any memory of this trip, but, I still feel it makes them more open minded. They have tasted new foods and opened their taste pallets to a whole new world of flavors! That, you can't take back. They have seen many new faces and people dressed in different ways, that has opened their eyes to a whole new way of life and that, you can't take back! Each trip we take or activity we do is done to fulfill our goals as parents, to raise our kids to be outstanding citizens of the world! I hope this trip has brought us one step closer to achieving that goal!