Today, the entire program went to muscat. We first visited the grand mosque which is the 5th largest mosque in the world. Inside the Mosque were pieces from different countries, including France, Turkey and Italy. The huge chandelier in the middle of the men's prayer space boasted Oman's attention to aesthetics. From there, we visited the Opera House, a newly restored venue complete with wood paneling and marble. We even saw where the Sultan sits, though we were not allowed to take photos of it. Later, we went to a museum that houses traditional Omani clothes, pieces of furniture, and jewelry. After lunch at Amideast, we went to a famous date shop, known for these sweet confections. After walking around the area, we went to a famous restaurant where we met the US ambassador to Oman. Not only did we meet her, I sat next to her throughout dinner and heard about her work and her experienced working in the foreign service. She talked about her work with the foreign minister as well as her journey to becoming the US Ambassador. She works closely with the ministry of education and now, because Egypt is closed, many people and programs have applied to study in Oman as it is one of the more stable countries in the region. After a long day, we headed back to Nizwa at 11pm.
*side note: our teacher told us that one day last week it was extremely hazy, and on that day, it was the hottest in the world-49 degrees Celsius or 120 Fahrenheit. I cannot wait to be in a temperate climate with trees and grass!