Oh man, it's OMAN!
18.03.2012 - 18.03.2012
Oman was a bit of a “last minute” (a week or two) schedule change. Initially the cruise was supposed to go to Cochin, India, but the port ended up getting booked full, so they decided on Oman instead. No complaints because Oman is one of those countries you think would be kind of interesting, but probably wouldn’t go too far out of your way to visit; which is SUCH A SHAME! Oman was fantastic and a great surprise. The people were friendly, the culture interesting and the country beautiful. We drove around Muscat and out to the desert to see Fort Nakhal and a nearby desert wadhi (oasis/stream from the hills). this stream even had some fish in it, who, surprisingly enough, would nibble on peoples feet like the fish-spas in Singapore. It was funny to watch the old people were cracking up like school kids when their feet were tickled by the fish. Later on, we swung by the main mosque, which they said was the 3rd largest in the world, and were stunned by the simple, elegant architecture and massive size. Incredible.
They ended up pushing back our departure time, so we spent a few hours walking around the port, shopping in the souks (markets) and eating a kebab or three. Even with no beer, it’s a relaxed place that I would go back to anytime.
SPECIAL THANKS to Angshu for the kurtas she gave us for Christmas, not only great sun protection (and covering up for cultural sensitivity), but also incredibly stylish.