Saeed

Saeed

Wadi Shab

Wadi Shab

Gulf of Oman

Gulf of Oman

Between Muscat and Sur

Between Muscat and Sur

Shipyard

Shipyard

Oman

Sur • Ras al Hadd

October 2014 • Luck may have been in short supply this trip, but Sur was the shining exception. Found a great hotel room for a good price, even during Eid, and walked to a nearby hilltop to take advantage of the late afternoon light. A group of teenaged boys joined me within minutes, and it seemed like I'd be their evening's amusement until I got tired of the hassle and retreated to the hotel. But the boys ended up being completely guileless and unjaded, and when the sun had finally set, and after we'd taken the obligatory group selfie, they invited me to their home for tea. I hesitated but quickly put aside any doubts, and their household led directly to my best times in Oman. The boys handed me off to their elders, who fed me fruit and coconut halwa then capped it off with a nighttime tour of the town, followed by dinner at the restaurant of their favorite football club. The next morning, I got a tour of a private museum that showcases Sur's shipbuilding prowess, and best of all, my new friends gave me a heads-up on a performance of traditional chanting / drumming / dancing / fighting in neaby Ras al Hadd. Thanks to Saeed, Muhammad, and their family and friends for a memorable display of Omani hospitality.

Saeed

Wadi Shab

Gulf of Oman

Between Muscat and Sur

Shipyard