When I Saw a Girl in a Bikini for the First Time
I was amongst the first to drive a 2000 Land Cruiser in 2001, I was doing well financially and I travelled and went on trips often, although this was only within the borders of Iraq as at this time international sanctions had been imposed on Iraq and the country was ruled by the old dictatorial regime which had made people’s lives miserable.
Fear was in control of people’s lives and we couldn’t enjoy anything. One of the things I really wished for was seeing a girl in a bikini in a swimming pool!
I decided to go to Baghdad in 2001 with one of my friends, despite my friend Hamma’s real name being Mohammed, he was from a Jewish family from the Badinan area, and part of his extended family lived in Israel and the other part in Kurdistan. Hamma’s father was a well-known gambler. He and his family used to live in Al Mansour Melia Hotel in Baghdad for many years before the international sanctions were imposed on Iraq.
In order to fulfil my wish and Hamma relives his old memories we decided to visit Baghdad and stay in Al Mansour Melia Hotel. The hotel was huge and classified as a five-star hotel, we arrived there and asked for a top floor room with a view overlooking the pool and the Tigris River, they gave us a corner room on the ninth floor.
We woke up late in the next morning, had breakfast and went to the shopping section of the hotel, afterwards we came back to the hotel room in the afternoon holding a beer can each, Hamma went to the balcony and suddenly started calling me ‘come here quickly’.
When I went to the balcony, my eyes popped out of my head, my jaw dropped and started whistling in surprise because of what I was seeing. Two girls with black hair in blue bikinis were swimming in the pool.
Hamma said: Shall we go down?!
I said: No, let’s watch before they leave.
I had thought that I was one of the few who wished to see such things then, after 15 minutes on the balcony I realized I was very wrong. In those 15 minutes, the pool was filled by men and it seemed they all they all had the same wish and had all rushed to the changing rooms and quickly ran into the pool.
They were all swimming in the same direction as the girls but that didn’t lessen of the beauty of their hair and the sky blue bikinis.