Travelling solo summons this raw sense of independence. But in revenge, it does make me feel lonely. It's always a pleasure to share the sights and tastes of a new destination, with somebody else...
Anyway, it was a pretty casual trip. I had a bit of computer work to do. I did the tourist thing, and I also rented a road bike.
Generally speaking, I felt that Omanis people carried a greater sense of humility than some of their neighbours. It was pretty laid back, and I was surprised when I took a taxi out of the airport, that the drivers are locals. It was also nice to see some mountains, of which I haven't really seen in a few years.
The infrastructure was surprisingly good. And just like many countries in the region, it was laced with foreign workers from various countries such as: India - Philippines - Lebanon - Nepal - etc.
I also learned a lot about the country's political history and it's role in the Arabian Peninsula. But at the end of the day, just like many Islamic countries, there were not many "fun" things to do and was a little bland...
Below are various pictures of my trip, with some relevant captions!
|Selfie @ QURUM Beach|
|Sunset @ QURUM Beach|
|Contemporary structure @ QURUM Beach|
|Panoramic of QURUM Beach|
|Good morning QURUM Beach|
|Local & foreign football players running along QURUM Beach in the AM|
|The BIG BUS I took around the city|
|A ship out of water|
|An interesting fountain|
|There were pictures of Sultan Qaboos all over - he obviously did great things for the country|
|Some government buildings|
|More images of Sultan Qaboos|
|A typical Islamic gate|
|Mutrah Souq is the local market|
|I did not buy anything|
|Although there was some cool stuff to see, smell, & taste|
|Looking outside, from the inside|
|Locals just hanging out|
|My rental bike|
|Selfie from the top|
|Selfie with the highway in the background|
|Panoramic shot from the top|
|A big local Mosque...I was actually told to leave moments after this pictures|
|Lamborghini with a patriotic colour scheme|
|A Ferrari with a patriotic colour scheme|
|Mercedez-Benz are taxis here|
|LOL...the sweet spaghetti place & home of chicken joy|
|Le GRAND Mosque|
|Le GRAND Mosque again|
|Le GRAND Mosque - final pic|
|The view from my hotel room|
|A plated chicken Shawarma - LOVE THESE|
|Post ride FRESH drink - Avocado, Strawberry, & Mango - LOVE IT|
|50M Pool @ The Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex|