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.
... gave the impression that their boat had sank and they were waiting to be rescued!!
Lunch was taken at the Al Nahda spa and resort. There seemed a good variety of buffet from Salad then hot dishes of Chicken Biryani, Dal Masala, Cajun potato wedges and even Lancashire hot pot!! Desert consistent of that well known Omani dish of bread & butter pudding or the Bedouin delicacy of strawberry trifle. I had some time to stroll around the grounds taking in the lush greenery ...
... 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 ...
... looking at the many variations of a theme. They had a very extensive gold souq, that had some very fancy looking shops. I often wonder how much they actually sell in a day. I continued wandering around the souq looking at all the shops, checking out a few, and wishing souvenirs were easier to carry/cheaper to send home.
After the souq, I walked back to the corniche as the sidewalk from it extended into a path that led to Muscat. About a quarter of a mile ...
... and children upon their return next week. There are many group photos and all children are present in photos at some point during the week. We did find that some children did not actually want their photos taken alone and we respect their wishes on this. Please appreciate the time and effort the teachers have put into providing your children with this experience and the efforts they go to in giving you all updates during the week. Some positive comments would be greatly ...