Thomas Kinnaird

Joined November 2018
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    Out and about

    November 2 in Oman

    I woke up early to make it on time to the boat. Today I'm heading out to the renowned Daymaniyat Islands to submerse myself in the clear waters of the red sea. Scuba diving is to be the main agenda of the day. It wasn't clear where in the marina I would find the dive boat but I found it by joining the only group of westerners present at such an early time of the day. As I got talking with the others also there for the dive I noted that the skies were not clear. Sure enough, a moment later the dive master shows up and lets us know that the dives are cancelled due to choppy seas.

    I set course for the closest cafe to relax for a moment and figure out my next move with the help of some WiFi. The plan became to chart the beach by walking to along it to the other sights Google trips recommended.

    The wind really picked up and it was the right decision to cancel the dives. It made for quite a sandstorm down the beach! A poor dolphin swam too close to shore and could not make it back out, despite numerous rescue efforts by others.

    Later on I stumbled upon a park full of people enjoying the shade a moments escape from the sun. Seemed to be the spot to be!
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    A culinary experience

    November 2 in Oman

    Sitting outside at restaurant while waiting for my meal, the sky is dark from the night and the surroundings are lit by multi coloured city lights and adverts while the table I'm sitting at, and the others one around, me are all lit by white lights. While the current lights are LED, I'm taken back years to Cameroon where the flourescent tubes used to brighten the sky in similar evening moments. It brings a sense of reminiscing and peace, feels good and I'm enjoying the moment.

    While Tagine seems more Moroccan to me than Omani, I go for the Squid Tagine as it seems to be the most exquisite meal on the menu. It turns out to be a culinary delight abounding with flavour from all the fresh vegetables and spices! It must not have been the cooks favourite meal to make thigh add it must have taken about 45 minutes for it to come. As I was waiting and enjoying the moment, the restaurant kept filling up. It must be a popular spot amongst all locals as a a few groups of seemingly well to do men in their fine garments stepped out from their range rover and Porsche. The portion must have been for two or even the but I are the whole thing. What a way to end my stay in Muscat!
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  • Day2

    Solving hunger and shopping

    November 1 in Oman

    Stopped by in the new mall for taste from the world as well as some shopping. It was quite packed in the supermarket! Surprisingly they had okra and sugar cane, catering to a very different market than what I'm used to seeing at home!

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    Muscat, Oman

    November 1 in Oman

    The museum displayed the historical aspects of which sites have been important via the use of mock ups, interactive screens and visuals.

    Dutch influence from the VOC (Dutch East India company) was present in the form of a map of the region and British diplomatic agreements by the engraving of the British cost of arms into a door.Read more

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