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The start of my Swedish Sportslov (where Swedes go skiing in freezing cold weather, but I decide to go to Oman to warm up), did not start particularly well. Heathrow has become a nightmare - I barely made my connection. Then my hotel did not pick me up from the airport as promised (I even called the day before to confirm) and when I used the ATM at …
... with any nautical knowledge reading this will know we have very little, but it seems to us that the word yacht doesn't cover this big beastie. Actually we are not sure what the difference is between a boat and a ship, and where a yacht comes in is beyond us too. This beautiful vessel sails all over the world, and rumour has it that the Sultan doesn't travel in his yacht, he prefers to fly, but has the yacht sailed to wherever he is, if it is near the coast just in case ...
... to the sultan's palace, an astounding complex that I've decided to live in someday. It also has two forts guarding the original, historic harbor where Indian Ocean traders once set anchor. (Mutrah and the Corniche are on the modern harbor.) We wandered around in the historic city of Muscat, then made our way back to the hotel.
We availed ourselves of the exciting amenities that a modern hotel has, like satellite TV (I watched a Gilmore Girls rerun!) and a gym ...
... was nice; Muscat is VERY, VERY nice. It is amazing what a few billion dollars of oil money can do in a 40 year period. Treed boulevards interspersed with flower gardens and sculptured bushes, new modern buildings and houses (all in white, mandated by the sultan), clean cars( you can be fined if caught with a dirty one), the fanciest opera house in the Middle East, and very clean. Some people call it the "Singapore of the Middle East" because of its cleanliness. ...
... finally, I got my Middle Eastern camels and Middle Eastern food!!
They had what I can only describe as an Arabian Luau with lamb instead of fish and belly dancers rather than hula. And then, they had a whole row of Arabian artisans doing baskets, silversmithing, and the Michelangelo of henna design who created a masterpiece on my arm.
The most interesting food was something called Omani Meshkak which was lamb that's been cooked in the ...
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- Free parking