Location: Salalah, Oman
This was a full day of sightseeing. At eight in the morning, we embarked on a small bus to see nearly everything of interest in the area. We drove along the coast for a while, paralleling the beautiful beaches and amazing shore breaks. We stopped at some large sand dunes along the way. After jumping and rolling around in the sand, we went to a nearby coastal village. It was mostly abandoned, but we were able to see some old architecture and visit the ruins of an ancient city, which was the frankincense trading hub before Jesus was around. We then went up into the inland hills where the nomadic Bedouins live, and we hung out with their camels. Nearby we saw some natural springs with beautiful clear water. We ended up meeting a biology class there from a local university. By this time, it was getting late in the afternoon, and our stomachs were crying out. We stopped at an outdoor family-style restaurant.
The hummus and lamb were excellent, along with the traditional sheesha we smoked from hookahs. After we were off in the bus, slowly climbing into the mountains with Neil Diamond blasting over the stereo. We then entered a mosque that contained the tomb of the Biblical character Job. He was clearly a big man, seeing as the coffin was nearly ten feet long. We finished our day checking out Salalah’s suk, which is an open-air market. A few of us bought turbans, which are actually called musaras. It was a long, tiring day, but we all agreed that it was one of our best. Oman has somehow stolen our hearts, and it will be sad to leave.