Desert Nights Camp
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Omani cocks start
crowing early. By 6 a.m. activity is afoot in the village. Two small
herds of goats are driven by two women into the surrounding hills. I
envy the progress they make snaking their way up the sides of the
steep hills. Cars head off to work and school. A lone young
fisherman, with net, heads for a nearby pool, mobile phone clamped to
his ear. He returns and hour later talking loudly on the mobile
without any fish.
Despite my best intentions our plan to visit the souk early this morning has failed to materialise. The woman flu has left me feeling a bit washed out today, so instead of hitting the shops at opening, we don't get there until 11 am. But today we are on a smelly mission Muscat has always had a strategic position on the spice trail, and one of the most valuable commodities traded in this area was frankincense. We have decided we cannot possibly leave without buying some and this is ...
... did the Balcony Walk. This skirts Wadi Gul, Grand Canyon of Arabia. Spectacularly deep with precipitous drops right the way round it made for a worthwhile trek along with the abandoned village of stone huts and a lake at the end. The second day in the Nizwa area we went up Green Mountain and saw Stage 5 of the Tour of Oman. We saw Froome, reigning TDF champ, win the climb finish by 20 sec. It was exciting being ...
... day. We headed off in a tuk tuk to a temple with a sitting Buddha and a temple within a lake. There was a group of girls at the bottom of the statue doing a right song and dance, literally karaoke style singing with dance moves and hot pants, bit of a risky place to do it. I suppose they are the equivalent of youths drinking cider on the park after hours at home, rebels. The definite highlight of the temple and quite possibly Thailand ...
... etc.. But also, Arabian pickles, cheeses, homemade breads. I can't even describe it, but I'll upload a few pics. You know how enamored I am with food...
Then there is the view from the restaurant - unbelievable - negative edge pool that runs into the Arabian Sea... Wow....
And now I am off to the airport and we're off the Kathmandu, Nepal.
I'll check in with everyone there.
Love from the Middle East!!!!