This update covers the time we spent in Muscat, Oman. It was an incredible visit as we stayed with some amazingly intelligent and insightful people (via couchsurfing) who were very accommodating and showed us around their part of the world. Also, the food... stunning. The video doesn�t show, but during this time we both ate chicken hearts for the first time!
Seriously, don't mess with these cliffs!
This is the Omani Sultan's house. Stylish!
A view from the back of the Sultan's house. The epic artillery was a bit intimidating.
You couldn't be this pimp if you tried!
Seeing Claire's written in Arabic is interesting. Also, Claire's is surprising international. We have seen these shops all over the world.
After a challenging swim to an island, we climbed to the top. If you look in the middle of the photo you can see us and our friend, Isaac!
Isaac took us out for an amazing dinner of excellently cooked goat meat and rice. The meat was slow roasted in a hole was dug in the ground. The sun slowly roasted the meat to perfection!
It was an eat-with-your-hands situation! YUM!
Isaac and Marcel took us to a wadi which was located at the base of a dam. We all decided the climb to the top of the dam was worth it. Each step that you see is about waist height. It was an exhausting hike!
All of us brave climbers! Isaac is on the right and Marcel is standing next to Eric.
We can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
This is a view from the top of the dam. You can see many people swimming below and, at the bottom, you can see Kyde in mid-jump clearing a step. Down was way easier than up!
Playing in the the burst water main! The water was freezing!
Having a little wadi-side tea and coffee!
Eric and Isaac visited Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in the heart of Muscat. The chandalier in the mosque is exquisite and one of the largest in the world.
In this picture, you can see the two items the mosque is famous for, the chandlier, noted above, and the carpet. The carpet is the 2nd largest hand-woven carpet in the world, it measures 70x60 meters (35x30 Erics)! If you need a better reference to understand the massive size of these two items, Eric is in the middle of the picture! Find him!
This is Isaac! If you ever have the chance to couchsurf with him, you are in for a treat! He's amazing! We are super thankful to have met him and enjoyed a bit of his life in the Middle East!