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It’s a Man’s World

May 24, 2013 31 Comments »

As I was marveling at the bright colors of the watermelon, eggplant, and tomatoes against the typical Omani cream-colored backdrop of souq buildings – I felt that something was ‘off’ – but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I continued to walk around the Nizwa souq (market) with our guide Zahar but since I […]

Oman Coastal Hiking

May 23, 2013 8 Comments »

The wall of thick, humid air hit me as I got out of the safety of the air-conditioned truck. I breathed it in – filling my lungs with the salty sea air that is so distinct in coastal regions. From this point on, I was going where no vehicles can go – I had to […]

Trekking in the Oman Mountains

May 21, 2013 23 Comments »

I packed my down coat rather skeptically – but on day 3 of my Oman hiking trip, I found myself eagerly unpacking it and putting it on – in addition to my gloves! When you think of the Middle East – you probably don’t think of mountain ranges and freezing temperatures. However, it was the […]

Off the Beaten Path in Oman

May 17, 2013 23 Comments »

I was surrounded by jagged canyon walls jutting up from the pools of water and shading me from the sun. I wondered if it could get any more beautiful than this – and my answer to that question came as I rounded the corner out of the canyon and stepped out into the sunlight. This […]

A Mosque of Grand Proportions

May 16, 2013 17 Comments »

Grand Mosque Oman

I stood staring upwards at the chandelier in the dome of the Saltan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat Oman admiring its soft glow. I was slightly surprised that it gets the dubious title of 2nd largest chandelier in the world. It didn’t seem that large to me, but as our guide Rob was pumping out […]

Roughing It In Oman

May 14, 2013 24 Comments »

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I laid out my new sleeping bag on the thick mat under the stars. It was muggy outside, but I still got into the down sleeping bag. Else I felt too exposed. I turned off my headlamp and said goodnight to my fellow travelers going through the same ritual nearby. As I lay there, I […]