Tuesday, June 18, 2013


The man who took us to and from the snorkeling was very nice. His name was Mohammad and he was Omani. He asked what else we were planning to do, and if we had paid for any of it yet. We had not. We wanted to see the mountains, visit Nizwa and visit a Wadi. We had arranged day trips for some of it through the hotel, but had not yet paid for it.

Mohammad offered to do all of the things we wanted to do for quite a bit cheaper. He also acted as our cab driver, driving us from the hotel to the beach and suggesting restaurants along the way and he did not charge us anything for this service.

The first trip we did was to a fort at the base of the Hajar Mountains. The Nizwa fort used to be an important link between Muscat and the rest of the country.

The fort itself looks like what people who have never been to the Middle East would expect it to look like, myself included.

 Mohammad took us up through the mountains along the way. Quite nice for those in the Middle East and those stuck in the boring desert that is Kuwait. But nothing you can't see in the rest of the world.

This is the top of the fort.

This is the view at the rest of the fort from above.