I returned to Bahrain and Oman last month. I went there this time last year and was asked (told) to go again. My Bahrain experience was better this year but I didn't get enough time in Oman to do all the things I wanted (the beach).
The weather in Manama, Bahrain was perfect and there was no sand storm this year. We got a tour of a 2500 BC fort, went to the middle of the desert to see The Tree of Life, a 400 year old lonely tree and got tear gased during dinner. The tear gas was from Police attempts to stop a fight down the street we were having dinner on. Luckily we only felt a small amount of the effects. It was nothing like the tear, snot fest I experience in Basic Training. Hahahha!
|Taxi cabs in Bahrain|
|Fort Bahrain in Manama|
|The Tree of Life|
|The beautiful desert night|
|Love notes by the Tree of Life|
|Arabic love notes in the sand|
Salalah, Oman is not an easy destination to reach so we took 3 flights from Bahrain and finally arrived after a 16 hour day. I was really hoping for some beach time but you can tell from my pasty, translucent skin that I didn't get that. We did go to Job's tomb and see his massive footprint that looks like BigFoot's. We saw a lot of camels, ate delicious food, almost ate camel, chickened out, found normal food and then came home with a stomach bug. I did lose 5 lbs though :)
|Desert flowers in Thumrait, Oman|
|Pretty sure this was the stomach bug culprit, Chicken 65|
|Accommodations in Thumrait, Oman|
|Always in the road!|
|Job's Tomb in the mountains near Salalah, Oman|