Saturday, July 20, 2013

July 19

Today a group of friends and I decided to go to muscat for the weekend. Muscat is the capital city of Oman. The only way to get from Nizwa to Muscat is by cab. During the cab ride, we spoke in Arabic and it was great to hear and converse in spoken rather than in FusHa (the modern standard form). After we checked into our hotel, we walked on the "corniche", the boardwalk that runs along the Sultan Qaboos port. Though it was extremely humid (almost 85%), there was a nice breeze. In order to break the fast, we went to a fresh juice store and that alone was so refreshing. After a cool mango juice, we went into the souq or market, bargaining for items such as scarves and small trinkets. An amusing moment which shows that I have been accustomed to the traffic patterns, occurred while we were crossing a highway. In Nizwa there are no traffic lights. While in Muscat, i said to my friends "lets cross now" and they said "Kerong, there is a traffic light up ahead". 

We had then dinner at an "American style" diner which was quite an experience. Then we met up with a friend of ours, who brought her brother and we drove all around muscat, which is truly a beautiful city. We saw the presidential office and finally, we wound up at one of the largest resorts in muscat. Little did we know, there was a business proposal fair for students interested in entrepreneurialism. We spoke to many students studying at Sultan Qaboos university in Muscat. There were inventions such as kabob makers and also ideas for providing migrant workers with water throughout the day. We then headed back to the hotel around 1 am. The best part of the day was that we were able to do things on our own time, rather than having the entire day scheduled for us.

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