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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.
... 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 ...
... 20 minutes of sitting there in the heat with our engine at idle, we shut down. Another 10 minutes, and another of group having departed, and we finally got our start-up clearance. Hoorah! The whole time we thought maybe indeed the handling agent through some stones in our path, but it was probably just an airspace coordination problem or because we were flying at such an unusually low altitude for planes on this route.
We started, we ...
... getting taken to the city center after class on Wednesday, and Thursday has been declared a national holiday by the sultan so we have self study (technically a long weekend :-)). Hopefully the week goes well.
Oh and I have discovered the best new drink ever.. fresh lemon and mint juice! It is soooo refreshing and they make the best fresh juices here!! It's our treat to ourselves on especially long and stressful days. Until next ...
... of us was expecting. After a two hour delay out of Cairo, we missed our connection to Bangkok by about 45 minutes. That meant that we would have to stay 24 hours in Muscat, Oman. Normally, this wouldn't be a problem....except we arrived in Oman at 3AM, with only the backpacks on our back - as all our luggage was checked through to Bangkok. Again, normally, not that big of a deal...because airlines usually put you up in a hotel ...