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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

The Muscat Diaries

If you follow me on social media you might have noticed that I jetted off to Oman last week. My school friend Amanda moved to the Middle East three and a half years ago with her family and I’ve only just organised myself to visit. As we were staying with friends I was a bit slack on the organisation front, leaving our itinerary in their capable hands. We were not to be disappointed, a text from Amanda’s husband a week or so before we headed off informed me that our trip was being planned like a royal visit - these are the best type of friends to have!

Saying with ‘locals’ is the best way to explore a new area, they know the easiest way to see the ‘must sees’ have special places the guide books might not know about and can help you navigate the cultural difference with ease. I suppose this is why Air B&B does so well too.

As we have a little girl staying in hotels is awkward, limited children and baby kit and toys and meals for tinies can end up expensive and stressful. So staying with friends who also have young ones took a huge weight off our shoulder (and our packing! I literally forgot everything and Amanda was able to sort me out with everything we needed!)

As we squeezed so much into out week away it’s more than I can shoe-horn into one post, so the ‘Muscat Diaries’ will be a string of posts about our stay and I hope you enjoy reading them. I’d have never thought to holiday to Oman, but it is such a beautiful country with a fabulous diversity of places to visit. We took in some culture at The Grand Mosque, ticked the ‘adventure box’ by walking and swimming at a Waddy (beyond beautiful!) enjoyed some luxury at high end hotels (The Shangri la and Al Bustan Palace) as well as chilling out my Amanda’s pool and their beach club. Oh - can I go back now please!

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