Safeer International Hotel
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Despite my best intentions our plan to visit the souk early this morning has failed to materialise. The woman flu has left me feeling a bit washed out today, so instead of hitting the shops at opening, we don't get there until 11 am. But today we are on a smelly mission Muscat has always had a strategic position on the spice trail, and one of the most valuable commodities traded in this area was frankincense. We have decided we cannot possibly leave without buying some and this is ...
... in February is perfect: consistently in the 70s and sunny, with a sea breeze and the slightest chill at night. It is easy to conform to the country's conservative dress standards right now; August would be another matter entirely, though. (My other three visits to the Middle East/North Africa have occurred in August, so I am well acquainted with that heat.)
We walked along the Corniche after lunch, admiring the spectacular setting of Muscat. The mountains come ...
... t carry it back to your table, they do it for you,2 people eating but cant out your bag on the floor, here have another chair... and so it goes on!! I have never been anywhere quite with service like it!! A walk to explore the grounds reveal a lazy river that connects the different parts of the hotel, a beach which is still being swept to ensure its completely level and they are even picking the shells from it! To the beach where you are given a ...
... all you saw was her eyes and you made a judgement mostly based on her eyes ( or so he said). He quote was: " you saw her eyes but you didn't know what else you were getting because of the burqa"! Nowadays he says it is easier, as more women work outside the house and do not wear the face coverings at work, so you get a better idea of what you might be getting.
Other fun facts learned today. The man must pay for the wedding. He has to pay a dowry to the ...
... of change than Nat Geo? I didn't know this, but Alexander Graham Bell was the 2nd president of Nat Geo back in the 1800's. (Remember this trip is their 125th anniversary...) For his own commitment to embracing change, John keeps a memo on his desk written by Graham Bell to the editor of the magazine at the time. The memo suggests that they make the magazine less academic, use less dense text, put more pictures, more color, more bold titles etc - with ...