I spent 2 1/2 years living in Bahrain, an independent island state
approximately 25 miles off the coast of Saudi Arabia. Situated in the
Arabian or Persian Gulf, dependent on your persuasion, Bahrain is tiny
'liberated' oasis, that is connected to its strict Islamic neighbour by
a causeway, allowing one to drive freely across the sea between the two.
At the time I found the reality of this very bizarre. Whilst I spent my
spare time sat by a hotel pool side, sipping cocktails with bikini clad
Gulf Air girls (Bahrain is home to over 5,000 of this highly
accommodating species), 26 miles away anyone caught in possession of a
magazine showing bare armed women would be locked up. Each Thursday, the
start of the Muslim weekend, this inconsistency would drive tens of
thousands of Saudis across the causeway, like camels to a watering hole.
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