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  • Day686

    Difficult times

    March 11 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    End of January we were told to leave Saudi ASAP. All borders still being closed, the only country we could leave to was UAE. Still unsure, to ignore the request and remain in Saudi, or to exit to the Emirates and hope for the Omani border to open, we decided to make it across the border.
    The border crossing was a story for itself, about which I will write another time.
    Since then we are in the UAE. Still no borders opening. Iran cannot be hoped for as the Corona figures are on the rise again, the Oman has tightened its borders as well, so there is no escape.
    Now I am totally stuck: the summer is approaching fast, already the temperatures are rising above 30o C. I am feeling discouraged, not being done with my travels, but knowing, I cannot stand another summer cooped up in an apartment, not having anything to do, not being able to walk Rexelby, with dog restrictions everywhere in this state. These long and many months of not knowing where to go, the uncertainty, missing friends and family really cost me lots of strength and positivity. As long I was in Saudi, I kind of felt at home, I had friends I could turn to, who I know would support and help me if needed; there was a lot to see and explore, but this is different here in tiny UAE. I am starting from scratch. I am tired of traveling without purpose and goal! Some clever mind once said something like: “A journey is not the destination, but the way!” I suppose this person didn’t travel in times of Corona. Or perhaps talking about the journey to finding yourself? Well, I thought I have found a lot of myself on this trip so far, but now I am in danger of losing it (pardon the pun). Before this happens, I have to get out of here!!!
    But where to!!??
    Turkey: I could ship the car and fly in with Rex, but how can I then move on? At the moment you can leave turkey through Bulgaria, but this can change any day. And then? And when the visa expires? Turkey might be better now than UAE, as not as hot, but summer there doesn’t tickle my fancy neither.
    Back to Saudi? Not possible, borders closed, they don’t issue any visa at all at the moment.
    Home to Australia? Not possible. I cannot enter the country with Rexelby due to quarantine restrictions.
    OK, Germany it is: I’m getting all exited: About to book a shipment for my car, I send an enquiry off to the German consulate asking if I am allowed to import my dog. In their response they don’t even relate to my enquiry: I am considered a tourist. Touristic travels into Germany are not allowed at this point in time and therefore they send me a big NO. Now I am getting quite desperate, longing to recuperate in the embrace of family and friends. I need to find a way! There is only one option I have, letigimate, and close to my heart avenue, however this has still the possibility that I get rejected at the airport and sent back. Tough bikkies! The problem is only Rex: he would then be in Germany and myself I don’t know where. I know there will be some generous friends that will take care of him should I need to leave him behind.
    I decided to leave Lola here, I just need to find a place where she can wait for us, in the shade, until some borders open. Then, at a later point, I can continue my journey maybe not as planned, but anyway.
    Who would have thought that things become so very difficult, particularly on an emotional level.
     
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    Evie Werle

    Ich wünsche dir viel Glück mit deiner Weitereise. hoffentlich sind irgendwelche Grenzen bald offen. Wer hätte das gedacht das es so lange dauern könnte. Ich habe deinen Reisebericht sehr genossen. Alles gute!

    3/15/21Reply
    Michelle Price

    Oh Elisabeth you are in my thoughts and prayers for a solution for you and your lovely Rex xx

    3/18/21Reply
    ElisaLola Rexelby

    thanks Michelle! I need that!!🥰

    3/18/21Reply
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  • Day10

    Oman

    March 25, 2020 in Oman ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Urlaub Ende August 2018 im Oman - August? Ja August!
    Wir haben geschwitzt! Beim Frühstücken, unterm Tag, am Abend. Aber es war so genial.

    Wir waren wegen der Hitze fast allein in dem Six-Sense Resort. Im eigenem Pool konnte man den Tag gut verbringen. Abendessen auf dem Berg in einem Sterne-Restaurant ... Zudem war das Tauchen sehr gut. Einfach, viele Fische und ganz tolle Korallen. Der perfekte Einstand für Elias in die Tauchwelt.Read more

  • Day140

    Al Chasab

    January 1, 2020 in Oman ⋅ ☁️ 77 °F

    al-Chasab ist eine Hafenstadt auf der Halbinsel Musandam im Norden von Oman. Die Festung von al-Chasab besitzt mit Zinnen versehene Steintürme, Modellboote aus Holz sowie ein Museum mit Kunsthandwerk und archäologischen Fundstücken.

    Im Hafen von al-Chasab beginnen Holzboote ihre Fahrt in die Straße von Hormus. Von dort hat man Blick auf die zerklüftete Küste sowie die Möglichkeit, Delfine zu beobachten. Im Süden befindet sich der für seine Meeresfossilien bekannte Berg Jebel Harim. Zwischen al-Chasab und Jebel Harim liegen Bergdörfer und grüne Täler.
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  • Day26

    Dhow trip in Khasab, Oman

    November 26, 2019 in Oman ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We took a great Dhow excursion today. About 3 hrs cruising into and around one of the fjords of Muscat. Although getting there and back from our ship was a dabacle, the Dhow crew, dolphins, scenery and swim was wonderful. Plenty of delicious snacks as well thanks to only being 1/3 full.Read more

  • Day139

    FUDHGAH

    December 31, 2019 in Oman ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

    Musandam ist ein Gouvernement im Norden des Sultanats Oman mit einer Fläche von 1.800 km² und 28.378 Einwohnern. Die Halbinsel mitsamt vorgelagerten Inseln liegt an der südlichen, arabischen Seite der Straße von Hormus. Musandam ist daher von hohem geopolitisch-strategischem Wert. 

    Hauptstadt: al-Chasab
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  • Day38

    Khasab Oman

    November 5, 2018 in Oman ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Ein kurzer stop in Khasab, bevor wir wieder 4 Tage auf see sind. Auf dem weg zum Supermarkt, da es sonst nix anderes gab, sind wir vielen Ziegen begegned.

    Ziemlich öde und voller Schmuggler dieser Ort. Im Supermarkt angekommen, dachte ich ich wäre in ein anders Land, dieser Markt hatte einfach alles und war mega sauber und einfach nur riesig. Total verrücktRead more

  • Day5

    In den Fjorden

    December 21, 2017 in Oman

    Kurz vor Ende des Fjords gibt es einen Badestopp an der Telegrafeninsel, den der eine oder andere wahrnimmt.
    Wir befinden uns im 16 km langen Khor Sham, dem längsten Fjord der Halbinsel Musandam. Ein Khor ist ein Fjord, in welchem das Meerwasser bis weit ins Landesinnere reicht. Im Gegensatz zu den Fjorden in Norwegen, welche "ertrunkene" , ehemalige Gletschertäler sind, enstanden Khors bei der Auffaltung ehemaliger Meeressedimente und der anschliessenden Erosion der Gesteinsschichten.Read more

    Basti und Sina on Tour

    Schaut so aus, als genießt ihr eine entspannte Zeit (mal abgesehen vom zeitigen Aufstehen)!😀

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  • Day9

    Khasab, Oman

    January 31, 2017 in Oman ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    I decided to get the shuttle into Khasab today and then walk back to the ship.
    It was a beautiful walk, with the impressive mountains which are the backdrop of the town, looking like how I'd imagine the moon to look. As usual I went off the beaten path, and ended up walking through some what looked like allotments, where the locals were growing vegetables etc.
    And I got the chance to try out one of my few Arabic phrases, saying "Salam Alikum" to a few people and getting big smiles and getting the response "Alikum Salama" in reply.
    I came across a small mosque and asked what looked like the caretaker if I could go in for a look, he said ok, so I went in and got a couple of photos.
    I must say that the Omani's that I met on my walk where very friendly.
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  • Day5

    Im Khor Sham

    December 21, 2017 in Oman ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Am Ende des Fjords gibt es noch kleine Riffhaie zu sehen. Dann geht die Fahrt mit der Dhau wieder zurück. Und auch auf dem Rückweg begleiten uns Delfine. Insgesamt ein sehr schöner und gelungener Ausflug.
    Wir wollten ja schon lange den Oman besuchen, doch dieser vom Rest des Landes abgetrennte Teil ist in den Rundreiseprogrammen der "üblichen Verdächtigen" nicht enthalten, so daß wir uns ganz besonders gefreut haben, die Musandam-Halbinsel im Rahmen einer Kreuzfahrt "abhaken" zu können.
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  • Day2

    Had the last laugh

    December 15, 2015 in Oman ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    I spoke to Gisleni the concierge, and told her how disappointed I was at not getting the upgrade, especially as the couple I mentioned to you in the last blog post did get an upgrade, not only did they get the upgrade but they went from an inside cabin on deck 3 to a junior suite on deck 8.
    That's a 4 step upgrade, when you are only supposed to get a one step upgrade.
    Anyway when I told Gisleni about being disappointed especially as I had offered to pay, and she tells me she had recommended that we get the upgrade as we were willing to pay, but she was overruled by the hotel director.
    She also tells me that she has the same opinion as me concerning this particular couple, as they had been rude to her, and even after getting the upgrade they where at guest services complaining about something else and being rude there also.
    The upshot is Gisleni says she will see what she can do and while I was there at her desk made a couple of phone calls and fired off three emails to different people, then tells me to come back later on in the morning.
    To cut a long story a bit shorter, she not only got me an upgrade to a Grand Suite, but got it for free!
    Needless to say Sheila is now a very happy bunny.
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Musandam, مسندم