|With some imagination, this looks like Christmas|
Yet there is no shortage of Christmas-like decorations because UAE National Day is December 2nd. It’s a good time of year for the holiday because it’s cool enough for people to be outside parading and celebrating. And the flags, with their predominant red, green, and white, could look to us like Christmas decorations. The colored lights, tinsel, and other decorations set the scene for the expats to enjoy as their holiday season advances.
|Deb had the blues for friends and family,|
so she asked Santa for lots of Skype calls
|Christmas is for kids|
|Is this what you would call a Christmas ham?|
At Christmas, you will never see a holiday ham unless you go to Spinney’s, which is the original grocer to the British expat population here. There, you must venture to the back of the store and find your way into the Pork Room. Yes. I said “Pork Room.” That’s the only place where you can buy bacon, pork sausage, pork loin and chops. And the puniest holiday ham I have ever seen, although it tastes delicious.
|Thanksgiving in the desert,|
|This tree might be real.|
Where did they get it?
|Pool area at the Sifawy Boutique Hotel|
|Finally something went better|
than we expected
|Al Hajar peaks|
By this time Mark and I were ready for a change of pace and scene, and in Oman we got just that. After our expensive but successful border crossing we drove through the rugged, rocky Al Hajar mountains, which reminded us of the barren volcanic rocks that we see in Nevada and California.
|Modern blends with traditional in fishing villages|
|Oman is clean, but trash washes from the sea onto the beaches.|
No matter where you are, don't litter!
This roundabout in Muscat with the Turkish coffee pot
symbolizes the legendary hospitalty of Arab peoples
|It doesn't get much prettier than this|
|The mountain road was dangerous but beautiful|
|This no doubt saved a life|
|The villages were full of goats, kids, and children|
I posted a review of the hotel on Travel Advisor but as of this writing it isn't up yet, so I can provide the link.
|The docks at Sifa Marina are built to accommodate large yachts|
|My pashmina was a cozy wrap while relaxing with an i-book|
|The fish were jumping like crazy in the mornings|
|The one and only short Mohammed|
wearing the typical Omani hat
|The crossed swords are on the flag of Oman|
|Mohammed took us up the old road for this superb view of Old Muscat|
|Me: "You're going to drink |
that whole garlic shake?"
|Him: "It was goood."|
|Mustra Suq was closed. Again.|
Maybe we finally learned?
|Soccer fields are built on the sandy beaches|
|We thought we could go through this arch until we saw the rock in the middle|
|On Christmas Day the cruise ship was in, the souk was open|
|We spent Christmas in the land of gold, frankincense, and myhrr|