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7th October continued A$1 = 0.25 Omania rials OR1 = A$4 We did a smart turn against the no entry arrow, and parked outside the Nasseem Hotel. Greg is not convinced that it is suitable, but we say we are fine and bid him farewell. The foyer is pretty ordinary, so we ask to look at a room. There are no front rooms, so look at a fourth [top] floor …
... Richard spoke Arabic with the staff and we were invited for dates sprinkled with sesame seeds and arabic cardamon flavoured coffee. This is a very traditional Omani gesture. Continued our journey with a Drive past Bahla Fort, we were forced out at this stage as it was 42 degrees! but it was closed anyway. The fort became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Bahla is also famous for its pottery. Drove through Al Hamra the oldest preserved homes are in Misfah (Misfat Al Abriyyin) ...
... maintained swimming pool. I did notice the high walls that surrounded the complex topped with rolls of barbed wire. The gates to the complex were kept locked and there was an ever present security guard visible in the gate house. ‘Unusual’, I thought, especially with such a low crime rate in Oman. Perhaps the measures are to keep the patrons in. We can’t have busloads of tanked up Brits and Irish running riot in the streets of Oman!!
We were now on ...
Today started out quite leisurely. Emma let us sleep until 6:30 rather than 5:30am and then Dave made us French toast. The girls played with the cats and the cats played too! (When they weren't running away from tail grabber Emma!) The skies were overcast and the temperature was 27 degrees! We were getting hot so we made our way to a hotel that had a pool. And what a pool! There was a baby pool for Emma and a pool ...
... it stops. They say that there is plenty of work and they don't want to encourage laziness. All public services, education and health care are provided out of oil revenues. Oman is ruled by a Sultan of 72 who keeps a very low profile. No-one knows whether or not he is married and has any children. Oman is a sovereign dictatorship and has been (I believe) for over 50 years.
Household water comes from a ...
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