January 15 - 21 , 2020

Gulf Weekly Stan Szecowka
By Stan Szecowka

Gulf Weekly BAHRAIN’S EXPAT LIFE -  She says

I have lived in Bahrain for nearly my entire life, 17 years to be exact.

Having never lived anywhere else, there isn’t much I can compare my standard of living to. However, I think I can just about trust the judgment of the people around me to gather that this ‘lifestyle’ is unusual in its high standards. As an expat in Bahrain, life is extremely comfortable.

My family and I live in a spacious villa and perhaps this wouldn’t be the case if we were living somewhere else in the world. Don’t be fooled, this isn’t a selfish observation; even our pets live a privileged and pampered lifestyle! Ginger (my dog) has an entire lawn to herself to explore and chase cats in. I can just imagine Ginger haughtily looking down her (literal) long nose at dogs living in a different country...

Distances between anywhere in Bahrain are laughable! I feel like if people from other parts of the world heard us complain of the ‘heavy traffic’ where one must wait an excruciating 25 minutes, we would not be taken seriously. Although, I may take perks like the ones found in Bahrain for granted. I honestly could not be more pleased about the serendipity of my geographical location.
Whenever I describe Bahrain to someone who may not know much about the country, I like to use the world ‘Island’. I feel like this word perfectly encapsulated its intimate and almost paradisiacal essence. Before this description of Bahrain, I never even knew about the existence of the word ‘paradisiacal’, maybe because very few places actually inhabit such a nature

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