Picking up two Omani hitchhikers!

Trip Start Jul 28, 2009
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Trip End Aug 10, 2010


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Sur Hotel Souk

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

We moved to a different hotel right on the Corniche in Muttrah.  We went to visit Bait Al-baranda museum right next to our hotel.  This was an excellent museum that shows the history and prehistory of Muscat.  We enjoyed the short movies and took fun and short quizzes throughout the museum.  We had entered one dark exhibit, which suddenly lit up and a somewhat “miniature” dinosaur roared loudly.  We both got so scared but couldn’t stop laughing!   

We decided to rent a car as the roads were excellent and they didn’t seem to drive crazy like in Dubai.  So we headed out on the road on our way to Sur.  All of the signs are both in Arabic and English and everything seems so easy to find.  The landscape was so beautiful, with rugged mountains that seemed to have so many different colors.   

We came upon 2 local men hitch hiking in the middle of nowhere and I stopped to pick them up.  They didn’t speak any English and the man was dressed in a turban and traditional dish dash robe.  The young man had overalls and looked like he worked in a boat yard.  There wasn't much conversation but we offered them some Ritz crackers.  I felt no threat whatsoever as all the Omanis that we met were all very gracious and respectful people.  If it was in Yemen, I probably would have kept going.  

After dropping them off, we headed to a small fishermen village named Tiwi.  We were looking for the famous Wadi Shab but we found Wadi Tiwi instead (which means “Wadi of nine villages“).  First we stopped on the beach so Nik could try out his kite, however, there was not much wind.  I walked up and down the pebble beach I found some beautiful sea shells.  

Then we headed under the monstrous bridge that was built a couple of years ago for the highway.  This is a bit of an eye sore, but you quickly find yourself looking at the donkeys and herons in knee deep grass at the mouth of the wadi.  There was a lot of workers building a paved road along side the water of the wadi.  We drove quite a ways until we came to a road where only 4WD were allowed to enter.  The Wadi was beautiful with clear water pools surrounded by palm trees and lush vegetation.  It would have been nice to hike through this wadi but as it was getting late, we decided to head to Sur and find a place to sleep. 

We arrived into Sur and called the only 3 hotels in town.  We found one that was the least expensive but the hardest to find.  We eventually found it and checked in.  It even had a TV so Nik was in heaven again! 

We headed to the beach to watch the sunset and the beach was full of men and boys playing soccer.  As the sun started to disappear, we heard the call to prayer and soon the entire beach was empty.  

NIKOLAS VERSION

I was so excited to try out my new kite that I just bought and it was bigger than the ones in
India. When we got to Sur, it was very windy so we went to the beach to try out my new kite.  But it was too windy because when I tried it the first time, the line broke.  I went for a second try but the line broke again but this time it flew straight into the sea. I was mad that I lost my kite but I got over it.

Then my mom said  “You should get your soccer ball ”.  I said “ why not”.  I went to the car to get the ball and pump.  The pump was at the bottom of my mom's bag and I made a huge mess and it took me at least a half an hour to put all the stuff back.  But when I tried to zip the bag, it wouldn't close.  My mom made me repack it and said to me “This is your packing lesson” and I 
made fake smile!  I finally got it packed and closed so I headed to the beach with my ball.  I only played soccer for maybe 10 minutes because I hit my toe on a rock and it really hurt.  I don't know how those guys play soccer barefoot in the rocky sand.    

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