Oasis! (Not the Band)

Trip Start May 09, 2007
Trip End Jul 03, 2007

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

As my time draws to a close, I've begun the fourth quarter push to see all of the cracks of the area that I have yet to peer into. Today I ventured out to the Omani Bordertown of Al Ain. Al Ain is an interesting city, its in the middle of the desert, so it is far less humid and it sits DIRECTLY on the border of Oman, in fact, Al Ain actually has a twin Omani city called Buraimi. A large barbed wire fence, divides the two cities. Al Ain is noticeably far more laid back then Dubai, traffic was a lot less of a problem and people just seemed more chill. I took a bus there from Dubai, it was about a 90minute ride, most of which I slept. Immediately adjacent to the Al Ain bus station was a nifty little museum, so I ducked in there for some refreshment. It was quiant, had some awesome coins and other ancient relics. There was also a replica fort built infront of it, inside contained pictures of the country during different times, like the 1920s and 70's and so on. It was amazing to see the growth that this place has experienced in such short time. I went out and braved the heat a bit longer, wandering around and just seeing life there. The city does a lot of little things to add flare to its make up, like interesting spiral staircases and water fountains all over. I had planned on eating at this nifty looking little bakery for lunch, but they had closed for the afternoon, so I headed over to the mall for some food. Al Ain's mall was like any other, although I was surprised to see an Ice Skating rink immediately in the entrance. Afterwards, I got a taxi driver to take me up to Jabal Hafeet (Hafeet Mountain). A couple miles from Al Ain, this random and MASSIVE mountain arises out of nowhere and you get some AMAZING views from it. I could see flowing hills of desert for miles, as well as the cities of Al Ain and Buraimi below. Afterwards, I headed back to my bus and homeward bound, all in all a great trip.

And don't worry Aunt Robin, I have 100's of pictures, and I will be torturing every last one of your when we all get together at Aunt Jills lol
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