Old meets New, the Flusche Family at Bahrain Fort

Old meets New, the Flusche Family at Bahrain Fort
Life overseas can be an overwhelming and exciting adventure.
Come be swept away with us in the Kingdom of Bahrain!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Driving in the Kingdom is pretty much like that day in driver's ed when the teacher returned from his fifth smoke break in a half hour and said "class there are people out there that will try to kill you on a daily basis". Here in-lies the reason I should have paid attention that day when he breezed over DEFENSIVE DRIVING. You think I'm kidding? Read on...

Today I witnessed a man in a black Mercedes (it's ALWAYS "that" guy) make a right hand turn at an intersection from the left side of the center median. Yup, that's right I can see you right now, pointing with your left hand toward the right side of the computer screen... trying to imagine what that looks like. Here, let me help you it looks... SUICIDAL! I was in the left turn lane, 3 rows of traffic on my right. The "Mercedes Man" came up from behind me, went around the median (on my left side) and proceeded to cut across four lanes of traffic that was just starting to roll because our light just turned yellow (the lights I'll explain next - don't worry).

Yeah, and somehow nobody shot at him or even offered a choice finger. In fact nobody even looked surprised. I JUST DON'T GET IT! That's "just how they drive around here" everybody tells me. So I ask the question, WHO GAVE THESE GUYS A LICENSE TO DRIVE?!?!?! People back home ask "do they drive on the right side of the road?" The answer is... maybe, or... sometimes, or ummmm, can I get back to you on that?

OK, since I brought it up lets discuss the traffic lights. Traffic lights, traffic lights. In the States green means GO, yellow means SLOW DOWN (or speed up depending who you ask - laugh) because the light is about to turn red which means STOP. Seriously, you can ask any preschooler what the lights mean, they know! OK, so in Bahrain Green still means GO but so does Yellow UNLESS you are stopping. Confused yet? Let me make this clearer (or worse depending on your point of view

Let's try this:
You are at a red light STOPPED then the light turns yellow to tell you to START MOVING because the light is ABOUT to turn green (which still means GO). Cars will honk at you if you don't "gun it" on yellow in this part of the cycle. OK, so that leads me to the second half of this equation the light also goes from Green to Yellow to Red as well (like in the states). It took us a few weeks to adjust to the yellow light Russian Ru-let, I pity the guy in front of me the first time I drive when I return to the states! ;)

Oh! And then there's "Round-Abouts"... Never mind, I'll have to save THAT for another day.

The overall key to survival:
PAY ATTENTION and drive as if they are trying to kill you (because THEY ARE)!

Kingdom of Bahrain License Plate

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia License Plate

Heavy Heart

Today I am thinking of my amazing family and how truly blessed I am to have been given such a beautiful quilt of loved ones.

Thank you for loving and praying for our family and keeping us close to you through the US Postal Service and technology. What an amazing time to be alive, we are thankful that you are on this journey with us.

May God bless you and keep you!

Bob and Jann

Lauren with Gavin

Talking to Cameron at the Olberding's Home

Pat, Robert and Father Shelby Scott

AJ, Janice and Valerie

Tobey with Gavin

Osama "Bob" Ladin

Paul and Gavin

Jann, Nina and Tanner

Lauren and Todd

Christy, Gavin and John

Ashley and Beth

Bob, Jann, Nina, Mony and Ted


Flusche Boys

Pat and Gavin

John, Tanner and Gavin

Nina and Mony



Nina and Gavin


Lauren and Todd

Nana and Jann

"The SUPER Cousins" (Landon, Tanner and Ben)

Bill, Ella, Megan and itty-bitty Eva

Beth, Macee, Carissa and Gavin

Our BEAUTIFUL family

Monday, January 25, 2010

"Merry Yaught"

Well Gang it's official, we've been here at the Marriott for 41 days and I am happy to announce we will be vacating the premises in two days time!

We have had a great time here and the staff has really welcomed us like a part of their family. Our two dear housekeepers Mr. Joey and Miss May have been over the top! Lets just say that my kids get hugs and kisses everyday from the staff.

It's funny, I haven't spent this much time at a Marriott since I worked for Southern Hills! ;) We are blessed to have spent Christmas, New Year's, Gavin's first birthday as well as all of our "fish out of water" moments in this Executive Apartment. Alas, it's time to go.

Here are a few favorite photos of our experience while staying at the Marriott Bahrain, Executive Apartments.

This was the night we arrived to the hotel (it was 2:00AM), check out all the luggage!

Master Bedroom

Tanner's BIG BOY room

Jann's Kitchen

Wake up sleepy heads! (our first day in Bahrain)

Gavin fights jet lag on our first morning

Christmas Eve 2009

Tanner fell asleep while waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve!

Christmas morning playing with Gavin's sock monkey

Tanner and Gavin Skyping cousins Landon and Ben Christmas morning

View of the beautiful Manama skyline from our balcony

Playing at the 20th floor kid's playroom

Admiring the view of Manama from the top of the hotel

Gavin says "Cheese" on the roof

Flusche & Aebi kids on New Year's Eve 2009

Playing under our desk was one of the boy's favorite games

Our favorite place to enjoy a snack

Bye Room 2053, we'll miss you (sort-of, laugh!)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Holy Cow He's Almost One!

I can't believe my baby will be one in four days! It feels like he was just in my belly and now he shows me on a daily basis how independent he truly thinks he is. His precious little life is flying by, I'm so blessed to be able to stay home with him and capture and share the many beautiful faces of Gavin John! Happy Birthday my sweet little boy, I love you!