|An amazing sight|
The first day we had brunch at the Grand Hyatt...it was delicious. We also did some shopping and I kind of showed her around Muscat. Saturday we went to the Grand Mosque, the Sultan's gorgeous mosque here. The picture doesn't really show how amazing the chandelier is, which is 46' tall and 16' wide. I've seen many photographs of it and none really show its beauty. This is definitely something that you have to see to appreciate the beauty and enormity of it all.
|One of the islands where we swam|
|Hut Sweet Hut|
|Me out in the desert...and yes, it was a little chilly!|
|The city of Nizwa|
|I want one of these signs!|
|What a face...not mine--the camel's!|
With all the camel sightings, the best was yet to come. We were just outside of Muscat when Eagle Eye Sally happened to look to the right at just the right time and saw what appeared to be hundreds of camels! I exited the highway at the first opportunity and tried to find our way back to these camels. After one set of military-looking guards waved us off, we managed to sneak around on another road and in mere minutes, we were eye-to-eyes with CAMELS! As we got out of the car and walked toward the enclosure, we held up our cameras and got a nod of approval. In just a few minutes a man in uniform came over and introduced himself and asked if we wanted to go inside the enclosure. A big yes! As we were snapping pictures, a second Omani in uniform came over and we were then asked if we wanted to have a ride on one of the camels. You would have thought Sally and I became 9 year olds! We were so excited. Sally went first and then it was my turn. I climbed on the back, behind his hump and before I could grab hold of fur, he started to get up and I did a back flip, landing on some very nice soft sand on my butt! No harm done...I got up and climbed back on and leaned forward, into the hydraulic-like movement a camel makes to get up from a laying down position. What fun...
So, life in the Middle East is not all sun and sand. Sometimes you get lucky and it includes a ride on a cute faced camel! Stay tuned...I have 18 more months here and am determined to seek out more thrills and excitement!