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Near to Yemen

Nope didn't cross the border

semi-overcast 28 °C
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Today I had a day at leisure, time to reflect on what I’ve see so far and think about what to write more about this land of contrasts, the best thing I came up with was just tell you what I did yesterday and let you decide for yourselves.
We went to the west yesterday in the direction of Yemen, don’t worry we stayed in Oman, after another kidnapping of French tourists last week I wasn’t planning on going there yet.
First we went to visit the tomb of Job, at least they claim its here, because as I understood it Syria has also two sites which claim to be the grave of Job. So either Job was a much disorganized person leaving parts of his body all over the place or some of the sites are not all they claim to be. After this my driver/guide showed me the trees the Dhofar region has been known for, for centuries all over the world, the frankincense trees.
Mountain frankincense.JPG
I started wondering who and how someone came up with this product, because to get the frankincense you first have to cut the bark of the tree, after which the tree starts to ‘bleed’ milky white liquid. Then you have to let it rest until it dries up into crystals and only after that you can pick the crystals and burn them for their sent. I’m sorry to say my driver didn’t know the answer so you have to look it up for yourself if you want to find out.
After this painstaking question remained unanswered we went up into the mountains to see some spectacular scenery. Although the roads in Oman are very good, they stay very steep and have some very sharp turns in them, which make driving trough the Omani mountains not for the people with weak nerves or high anxiety. Those of us who do not have these fears enjoy the drive and can’t get enough of it.
We topped the day of by enjoying a pot of Omani coffee, very strong and bitter coffee accompanied by dates, at Mughsayl beach. Here are blow holes perforations in the limestone rock, which sea water gushes through during high tide.
I asked my driver to take me to a nice restaurant in town where I could enjoy a lovely meal; he must not have understood me correctly because he took me to the Oasis club, which is a Expats bar. (Expats are people from all over the world working in a country of which they don’t own citizenship)
And as luck turned out I crashed another party, this time from an expatriate who was on the brink of returning back home to the Netherlands, after a 23 month stay on extending the harbor of Salalah for Maersk. Together with his colleague they where the only two Dutch guys around in Salalah, well after me joining them there was a 50% increase in the Dutch population in this town. Just goes to show you how one man can make a difference :-)

Posted by erodrigo 06:43 Archived in Oman Tagged air_travel

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Hoi Eric,

Heb je verslagen met plezier gelezen, was er nog niet toe gekomen om lid te worden en te reageren, mot je potdomme nog moeite doen ook zeg kaerel. Er zit heel veel herkenbaars in je verhalen en ook een aantal plaasten zijn voor mij bekend, Khor Rori, Nizwa, Salalah en wij zijn ook richting grens met Yemen geweest, we hebben toen op de landingsbaan van een oud vliegveld gestaan met de tent in Raykiout. Blij te lezen dat de Omanieten nog steeds zo vriendelijk en legendarisch gastvrij zijn, kennelijk geen last van de toenemende spanningen in de wereld. Vraag op een geschikt moment ook eens naar de manier waarop de Sultan de gezondheidszorg heeft georganiseerd, je zult verbaasd zijn. Ik lees niks over het duiken, dat komt zeker nog, ik denk dat het fantastisch is daaro, kijk je wel uit voor de schorpioenvis en de steenvis, want daar barst het in die contreien van. Sowieso overal afblijven is het beste. Valt er nog een biertje te bekomen daar, of is het nog steeds zo goed als drooggelegd, nou ja, als je je in het expatcircuit begeeft zal de drank wel overvloedig aanwezig zijn. Zo zijn ze wel, die buitenlanders! Wel uniek dat je de wadi's vol water ziet, 8 maanden per jaar zijn ze net zo leeg als de gemiddelde drankkast daar, ik herinner me echt alleen gort en gortdroge toestanden, maar wij waren er in februari. Now, enjoy life, niet teveel wierook inhaleren (al aan de waterpijp gezeten?) en duik ze! Groeten uit een redelijk warm Nederland (deze week tot 28 graden C!), maar troostje, de koufronten zijn onderweg en liggen al bij Engeland...

Groeten van Philippe

by Philippe K

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