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Read my full day to day blog of my first big overseas solo trip.
Waking up at 7am. It’s is now Friday and in Oman this means it’s the weekend. A Friday/Saturday weekend in place of the usually western days of a weekend on Saturday / Sunday.
We pack a change of clothes and a scarf for the open roof 4 wheel drive and popped our hair into buns to stop them from being a complete birds nest by the time we reach our desert destination. Me a little town girl, who thinks to be in afancy car you must be someone big,is having the time of my life with the roof down in a Jeep cruising down the highway!
The drive is about 3 hours or so before we reach the last town before miles and miles of sand. We let down the tires in order to drive up and down sand dunes. Following the man from "Desert Safari Camp ", which is where we will be spending the night, he takes us 100 meters onto the orange pigmented sand and says “it’s about 30 km straight ... just go straight”. This is all well said if there was a road but oh no we are in an empty barren desert here, if you get stuck or make a wrong turn that’s you gone.
Entering the desert means it is now time to have such fun !! All three of us me, Danya and Eve jump up ready for the wind to hit us with a force when the car takes off again. We have our hands in the air, typical movie style.
The "road" to nowhere begins and we are off on our desert adventure. About 30 minutes later we drive over a dune and there it is. The cutestlittle camp ground that holds about 15 cabins/ huts that are all made with straw roofing and thick woven traditional Arabic material.
I was so excited to explore the camp and see what it had to offer.
As we hopped out the car there was a gentleman to greet us -waiting for our arrival with Arabic tea (which is the sweetest tea I have ever tasted!) and big nut dates which are a common treat here in Oman. After placing our belongings in the cutestcabins ever and having a little nosey around we headed out for some dune bashing and sledging.
We drive right to the top of thesemassive dunes that towered over the camp. First we did a couple of rounds of going up and letting the car slide down. The third time we drive up and parked on the edge ready for us all to conquer the dune. It was just like tobogganing or sledging as some may say but in thick sand. It was so incredibly fun although once you went down you had to make the dreaded climb back up.
After having a crazy time on the dunes and now cover head to toe in sand and watching the sunset over the hill it was time for supper. We were the only western family staying there with everyone being Arabic men as it’s a big thing in their culture to head out as big groups of men. There was one other family from France. Supper was amazing with a buffet of food all mainly traditional meals with rice curry and flat bread.
We were invited to a camp fire with the men who all were getting theirshishas ready using the coal/ burnt wood from the fire. Being away from the city the sky was filled with stars so we did some star gazing and headed for bed.
More desert adventures tomorrow.
x Kirsty claire x