Arrived in Muscat
We arrived in Muscat in Oman last night, landing at 1.45, checked into teh hotel by 2.45, how pleasant, everything perfectly well arranged and two perfect flights with Turkish Airlines.
Seems like Muscat is still in the grip of the south-west monsoon, which is keeping the air humid (as well as hot), so it is a little difficult to acclimatise.
We are staying in the old port and commercial area of Matrah, just round from Old Muscat, where Sultan Qaboos has his palace. Spent the day wandering around the souks and the fish marjet, having a haircut, shave and (inevitable) beauty treatment (which does make a difference!). Took a taxi round to Old Muscat (which all looks incredibly new) and walked back of the hills to Matrah as the sun was setting behond us.
Many Omani people around, but also plenty of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi people around. Lots of delicious and cheap(-ish) Indian food. Unfortunately, because it is so hot most people go onto teh streets later in the afternoon, when it is too dark to take photos. Never mind, still managed to get some good shots. Most of the women cover themselves, but not their faces, which is nice. Also, unlike Saudi., music is played, women can drive cars and beer is served in hotels like ours (recommendation: Mutrah Hotel - quite cheap and very good)!