A Prayer for the House then back to Oman
Trip Start Jun 13, 2010
35Trip End Jul 17, 2010
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The prayer finally started around 10:45. I had to tie a bandanna to my head as a sign of respect. The prayer actually came from the Punjabi tradition as the 3 priest had turbans and long beards. We all had to sit on the floor in front of a shrine as the priest said and sang their prayers from a small book
It actually really helped all the way there and made the drive pretty easy – at least for a 5 hour drive with a ton of roundabouts. The drive through UAE was all sand desert. As we got close to Oman the mountains came. The longest part of the trip was the border patrol. At the UAE post they had to check all the cars that came down the highway – which was a lot. At least they just smiled as us and let us go without checking. Then I had to take the slip to the passport control where they checked them for a few and then gave them back. Stop and go. Stop and go. Now it was time for Oman. We had to go in the big castle like building that was passport control to give us Visa’s for Oman
Now it was the open highway of Oman for a few more hours. We did take a coffee break for Pooja on the side of a roundabout for 20 min. and that was the only stop for the final 3 hours. Our goal of making it to Hilal’s house before dark did not work. We were about 45 min. late (thanks to the 3 hour prayer). The last hour of the drive had a ton of roundabouts (we were outside Muscat) but I found Hilal’s house on the first try (his neighborhood is not in the GPS). The kids were excited to see us and so was Kamla. It was good to be back at Hilal’s house. We rested for a bit then unpacked. Hilal had us stay in his room for the night which had great AC. Kamla cooked us a great dinner as Hilal’s older brother came. At night I made full use of Hilal’s internet to catch up on many downloads and stayed up until 1 doing it.