So here goes. Finally my first post. Firstly the site is only for Europe so it shows my present location incorrectly :( As I sit here at the Barharain International airport, its still that strange feeling that I've been feeling since friday. As they say maybe "fear of the unkown". But the difference is that as I sit here among poeple speaking strange languages, funny dialects, exchanging unfamiliar currency, finally the scale of what I'm about to undertake is dawning on me. But also is this amazing feeling with getting to know how the world lives. Anyways now to the interesting stuff. Firstly Bahrain International Airport should not be called that. It should be called the Bahrain International Mall. My god!!! What shops. You name it and its available (lots of F1 merchandise, made a note of that for the return transit). And people seem to have come here more for shopping than for travelling. Maybe its a ploy of Gulf Air to make money from excess baggage allowances courtsy the shopoholics :) However our dear Mumbai airport is leagues ahead in facilities and overall standards. Yes the duty free may be a kid compared to this, but as an airport, its much better. But the first thing I noticed was that when one looks down at Mumbai from above, its like an exquisite piece of jewllery embedded with lovely diamonds and a pristine streak of gold runnig across (that's the western express highway). Bahrain airport just seemed to pop out from total darkness, in the middle of nowhere. However to hteir merit they've certainly got some really good looking security and sales staff ;). Ofcourse almost none of the sales staff are locals, but then does that matter. Have been struggling with wifi, nobody at the airport seems to know how to connect (though all know that its free). So this post may finally come from Paris. Ah Paris. Can't wait for it. I know this post has been a bit staid, but then what much can one write about airports. Some interesting stuff would certainly follow a day of two later. So till next time bye and wish me luck ahead. Cheers! Alekh -forever sports!