As-Salāmu `Alaykum (السلام عليكم)


 There are so many good things to say about Oman.

This is the view from the front of our villa. As you can see there is a mosque to the right (left Picture). On top of the Minaret (tower) are four big, loud speakers (right picture) which call to prayer the faithful. Depending on the Imam who is doing the calling (live), this can vary from being a little screechy to beautifully melodic. The call to prayer is five times a day and it certainly gives a taste of Middle Eastern culture.

The 4 am call is especially interesting. Through the melody of the call, it can be heard by those who understand Arabic,  ‘it is better to pray than to sleep’. It’s jolly loud and impossible to ignore.  Mmmmm!

There is dust, it blows in from the desert and it’s everywhere. No sooner do you sponge it up then it settles again, and again and again…

I filled up our hired jallopy with the finest 95 octane unleaded. Its all done by an attendant with a smile. I smiled too when the bill came to  less than £9. If you shop around you can get petrol for less than 18p a litre. Its so cheap I may take to drinking it.

Shopping is by way of a hyper-market, being French in origin. I am the middle man between them and the bin. Sometimes I cut out the middle man. Suffice to say the quality is a little below that which I have come to love and expect.

Its hot. Its always hot. Its fantastically hot. And sunny too! It’s very humid but there is no shame in a sweaty squeak every now and then.

A Nice Picture to finish with. There are no negatives in Oman. All is wonderful.


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