I spent 9 days exploring the Sultanate of Oman courtesy of Oman Tourism.
Our youngish Omani male tour guide somehow has managed to acquire the most eclectic and, dare I say it, ridiculous mix of pop music, mostly from the 80s and 90s, on his Samsung. It’s connected to the Prado’s sound system, and while we drive through the various landscapes of the Sultanate of Oman, we intermittently hit a song or two where we can all sing a line. Then it happens.
The theme song from Aladdin, A Whole New World, hits the speakers and we hush, momentarily, in a collaborative recognition that this is the most ridiculous, cheesy and therefore perfect accompaniment to our trip in the Middle East that could ever possibly be.
Yes, there is some singing.
It was, as you could expect, corny in every which way, but it worked. We were on one of the most magical trips imagined in Oman, and it was a whole new world for us. For me, especially, since I had never been to the Middle East before – the closest prior being Turkey.
And now I find myself enamored with the sights, the sounds, the smells of this part of the world. Which could be a bit of a curse. I’m still living with a dream of hitting up the former Soviet countries of the world; too many options on my list make future travel decisions… hmm… difficult.
So, hat-tip to you, Oman. You’ve definitely done your job at opening doors.
With that in mind, I’d like to leave you with a collection of Omani door photos. The doors of Oman are a famous feature of the local culture, bright and vibrant with an aura that speaks of invitations (hopefully accompanied with coffee and dates). Imagine solid sand-colored buildings that blend into the backdrop with one boldly decorated front door.
If you’d like to learn more about Oman, check out the site on why it is the Side trip of a Lifetime.