Falaj Daris Hotel
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... can move
when she wants to!
In case the Sayk
plateau and Jabal Akhdar don't come up to my high camping standards I
divert up Wadi Mudayin, a pleasant wide river bed with towering
cliffs on either side – no escape here if there are flash floods.
It's a short and easy drive ending in a palm plantation and a small
village. Yes, there are camping possibilities if all else ...
birthday boy and a happy birthday to you”. “Thank you very much
kind sir”. “You're welcome”.
At 2150 metres at
6 am with no-one else but the goats for company I hope I'm forgiven
for talking to myself. I've spent my birthday in many strange places
but camping on a ledge at this altitude is a first.
I'm on the road ...
I meet Matteo at
Awabi and we agree on a plan for the next two days. We have a
pleasant lunch and we set off for Wadi Mistal, Matteo leading the
way. A new wide blacktop brings us far up the wadi and then the
unpaved section begins. Easy going in a wide bowl surrounded by
towering peaks and cliffs.
In the distance
and perched high on a cliff face is Wakan. We climb ...
... the outside, they lived like in the last centuries, without electricities, cars etc until 1970, when his own son pushed him of the throne. Now everything in Oman is new and modern, they have a social wellfare system and good education, almost no criminality. But no free elections and no Skype, as I had to find out. The hotel I stayed at was the first one to be opened in Oman, as late as in the 1980s!
... sticks, khanjars (the ornate local daggers) by the truckload, woven baskets & containers, mandoos (traditional woven chests), rifles, instruments.....asking prices are high...also took a turn thru the non-renovated spice souk, which was much more to my liking.
The nearby Fort/Castle complex is beautifully restored & contains a nice little folk museum in its basement. Good views from the battlements of the mosque next door & over the city & date palms to ...