June 29, 2010
Before we left Bangkok we visited th Grand Palace and the Reclining Buddha. The Palace is really beautiful with different architectural styles used in different compounds within the palace. I wore a cotton blouse and black leggings to cover myself up but as we entered I was told that leggings were ‘too sexy’ and I needed to cover up! Luckily they leant out sarongs for women to borrow and track pants for men. I looked like a very confused individual (my outfit didn’t match!!) And it was boiling hot! We dashed in between the buildings and the temples were a cool oasis! There’s the Emerald Buddha here which is very famous in Thailand and the temple was crowded with people paying their respects, placing lotus flowers in golden basins at the foot of the altar. The buddha is actually solid jade and is about 3 feet tall but it’s placed on an enormous altar which also has other buddha images around it. It was very peaceful, cool and relaxing within that temple. The detail on every wall is just incredible, with each square foot of mural representing a different chapter in Buddha’s life.
*More photos to follow!
June 27, 2010
June 15, 2010
Tuesday morning we woke up bright and early, with coolers packed and music blaring, for our road trip to Wadi Shab. A Wadi, according to a certain Omani expert, is “a dried up river basin, existing in a desert type country among mountains that suffers from flash flooding during rainy season.”
We drove South for about 2 hours, through mountains and desert plains and some picturesque Omani coastal villages.
First stop was a natural sink hole which the boys had discovered years ago. Since then its been (kind of) developed into a mini tourist attraction. (Basically they put a wall around it and built some steps- there was nothing else around for miles! So we climbed the 1,000,001 steps and had a quick dip in the bath tub warm water.
We cruised along the coastline until we came to a small village but I couldn’t really understand what we were doing here. That is, until we rounded a corner and drove into the former estuary! It looked like a scene out of Jurassic Park! A quick lunch later and we were in our swimsuits ready to go! Little did Ema and I know what we were in for…
“It’s a long walk!” the boys warned us…
June 13, 2010
June 12, 2010
Everyone’s answer to ANY problem/woe/mishap/accident is “Inshallah” (God’s Will). The Omanis believe that everything is in God’s hands and it seems to define the Omani mentality. It’s nice because the Omanis don’t generally get angry or frustrated but they also use it as an excuse for EVERYTHING! Can’t get a job done in the time it was contracted to? Inshallah! Just got into a fender bender? Don’t get mad, Inshallah! Don’t wear a seat belt because it’s in God’s hands…We met a boy who’s family’s home had been damaged by the recent cyclone and guess what his response was? “Inshallah,” with a shrug of the shoulders.
June 11, 2010
We went for dinner at a beautiful hotel called Chedi with Ema’s family and boyfriend Tom and then had a cocktail party at Ema’s house later on with close friends of her family.
Pink bubbly and canapes! Callum and I had secretly put together a slide show of photos of Ema which showed up on the TV screen in the living room. We showed no mercy and Ema had to run away and hide from a few of the ‘gems’ which popped up.As you can imagine, we felt a little worse for wear the following day. We had a swim and some lunch at the Shangri La Resort and then met up with Steven Miller (a Bajan guy who we randomly bumped into in a bar last week!) who came down to visit for the weekend. We went out for dinner at an Italian/Japanese restaurant called Japengos and then spent the rest of the night playing Guitar Hero - Rock Star edition!
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