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Exploring a Wadi

23rd December

Today's destination was Wadi Mayh.

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The first part of the trip was on an excellent expressway, but once we reached Yiti, at the entrance to the wadi, the road was not so good and soon after became a newly graded track. The track was in the dry river bed, and for a track, was very good, no problem for our Suzuki saloon.

We passed a couple of tiny villages, each with its prominent mosque, and then came to a small cluster of houses, with several photogenically arranged abandoned cars and a three piece suite. We thought this was a good photo opportunity so parked the car and took several photos.

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We also noticed a small mosque with seating, and more importantly, a handy loo next door.

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We made use of these and then walked further along the wadi. There was a considerable palm plantation, and plenty of running water. The countryside was surprisingly green.

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Once we had exhausted the photo possibilities, we drove back to the largest of the villages in the wadi.

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There was a fine mosque which we were busy photographing when we noticed 2 guys approaching us. The youngr guy spoke very good English, his uncle none at all. They thought perhaps we were taking photographs of the road with a view to asphalting it. Something which they have long been waiting for. We were sorry to disappoint them. We chatted about life in the village, 11 families live there, all related to each other. The uncle invited us to his house, we hesitated and the young man didn't press us, so we assumed he was rather hoping we wouldn’t accept. The uncle asked a second time, and looked rather sad that we didn’t accept. We thought afterwards that we were silly not to have accepted.

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We drove on to Yiti where we hoped to find a coffee house. There were none to be seen, so I stopped a young lass and asked if she could tell us where to go. She said she was almost sure there was no coffee house in the village, and said she would be happy to serve us tea in her house. Once again a dilemma, but I thanked her and explained that we were hoping to find somewhere for lunch. So we drove on through the village wondering where to go, when we spotted a group of coffee shops, and one had an open door. But by the time we had parked, the owner was locking up and leaving. We tried the door, just in case, and luckily he spotted us and came back. He didn’t speak any English, so called his friend in India to translate for us! We negotiated 2 wraps each, filled with omelette and shredded cabbage and with cucumber and tomato on the side. It was delicious and the bill came to £3.

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After lunch we stopped once or twice more, trying to get a photo which conveyed the majesty of the mountains and the peace and quiet (apart from bird song - hoopoes, magpies and little brown jobs).

There are very few flowers; just a tiny yellow one and a purple cabbage relation, which grows in my garden as a weed. The butterflies liked the latter.

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Some donkeys jogged past.

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We then drove down to the sea and found a magnificent, wide, sandy beach. We walked its length and ended up in an abandoned and ruined village. We wondered what had happened to cause all the houses to fall down.

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A bit further along the coast there were some curious rock formations in the sea. Three guys stopped us for a chat. Everyone is so friendly; keen to know where we are from, tell us about Oman, and happy to have their photo taken.

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We tried to get a cup of tea or an ice cream at a very exclusive hotel beside the sea in the next bay. But access was by key card only, so we gave up on that idea and drove home. It was a long day and we are both feeling pretty tired.

So home for a cuppa, and a zizz before supper. We will be trying Thai tonight.

Posted by AnnieBusch 07:42

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You are certainly meeting some wonderful and friendly people. It matches what I found when working in the Middle East. Unfailing politeness, friendliness and helpfulness! Balances views held elsewhere!!

And you must feel comfortable approaching all these strangers but a shame you did not accept the invitations to tea etc. Not sure we would have been brave enough either!

by Johnash

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