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Travel Blogs from Salalah
After four sea days (except for that unexpected and brief late-night stop in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), it was nice to be able to do some sightseeing again.
Salalah was the first of our two ports in Oman, a country about which I knew zip.
Luckily we had a good guide, so we quickly learned a lot, especially how rapidly Oman joined the 20th century.
It was all due to the current Sultan Qaboos (pronounced just ...
... him. While we ordered the food, Nathan filled us in on what he had learned from the waiter within his hour there. Rice, being the principal food of the region, was served with many dishes, though alfalfa, sorghum, and coconuts were also a part of the everyday diet. In addition to being edible, coconuts had a variety of other practical uses, including using the fibers to make ropes and cables or to bind the dhows and the oil for lighting things, dipping bread in, or ...
... that during our three days at sea before reaching Oman. It was beautiful on deck in the evening -- and we also lucked out in that there was no moon, so the stars were amazing. We hadn't seen the night skies so clearly for a long time.
The rest of our time at sea was pretty normal -- arts & crafts, lectures, demonstrations, and shows. We arrived in our second port in Oman at about 8:00 AM. The day was predicted to be pretty nice -- high around 82 degrees and sunny. I ...
... 200 km and we stopped every 100 km at a gas station to let the tires cool down. the temperature was around 50 degrees. Around 800 km the temperature reduces, as we near Salalah. The moment you cross the border, there is fog everywhere , and its really cold. Its amazing,greenery everywhere. we went to a lot of beaches , the most beautiful beach and the one i loved was the Mugsail beach near that there is Marneef cave. It was spectacular. other tourist spots were Hot ...
... Martin however was too slow off the mark and missed it, oops. We were a bit concerned about the balance of the ship as 1000 plus over fed cruisers all ran to the starboard side of the ship, but fortunately we managed to stay upright :0). Perhaps Sids granny sent Precious along to look after us while we go through the pirate seas? That pretty much covers the highlights of our first day of four at ...
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