This was the second time I have visited Manama. We stopped here to pick up some mail (I received my Christmas presents) and participate in a brief change-of-command ceremony. There is a big American base here, that has everything a sailor could ever want. There are bars, movie theatres and fast food restaurants as well as a big NEX to shop at. You really get the feeling that the Americans would rather not have their sailors leave the base if they don't have to.
Of course, I like to leave the base. We were only here two nights, so the first night I hopped in a cab and went to a mall to watch a movie (pretty boring). The second day, I walked around the city, taking a few snapshots. There isn't a whole lot to do here, since it is a very small country, but it is fairly comfortable for Western travelers. The highlight was probably the Souk (market), but I didn't really take any pictures there.
There always seems to be a lot of construction going on here, and many of the newer buildings have the same pastel-coloured appearance. There isn't a lot of green space in the city, and developers tend to build right up to the curb.
The Grand Mosque, as I approached it from the street. I walked all over the city, which is what I prefer when I'm taking pictures.