Arrived safe and well in the Sultanate of Oman after a pleasant overnight flight. The excess baggage costs almost wiped us out, financially speaking, with some 70 kg of excess bits and bobs stuffed in at the last minute. At £29 a kilo, you work out the maths. Still, a little negotiation left us just enough for a stiff drink before the big off. And, here we are!
For all those anxiously waiting of news, apologies all round but broadband and mobile connections are a little slower to get up and running out here. Nevertheless, we persevered from day one and are lucky enough to be on the internet when others are still on the waiting list. Slowly but surely we are setting up our new home and having just sold all the things from our old home, we now have to buy them all again. Essentials have to be bought because, as much as it still feels like we’re on holiday, we are now domiciled in the Gulf and will be for the next couple of years. Ask the taxman, he’ll tell you. So, we need an iron, an ironing board, knives, forks, plates, etc, etc…you get the picture. Once we have accomplished that then we will confront our other financial demons and obligations.
So, what’s it like here? This is our home.
Oman is a beautiful country and everybody speaks good English. In fact, I can understand Omani English better than I could most of my countrymen. The Omanis are polite, courteous and kind and have not yet been blighted by negative aspects of our western culture which can only be a matter of time. Why this is not a tourist hotspot I cannot imagine. Like I say, only a matter of time before it will succumb to the mice in their million hordes – from Ibeza to the Norfolk Broads…
The one constant factor in all of this is the heat. It is hot. Not uncomfortably so because it’s autumn but it is hot by day and throughout the night. The winter will be mild at 30 degrees Celsius by day and not much less at night then, the brutal 50+ degrees Celsius during the Summer months. The weather is very predictable. It is either hot or very hot. Sometimes it can be very, very hot. It is never, ever cold.
There is so much to see and do and we will try to squeeze in as much as we can during the next two years. Even then we will be hard pressed to fit it all in but we’ll have a darn good try. For those of you waiting to come and visit, be patient because you are in for a real treat!