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June 4th, 2015, 09:50 AM
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Mercer Island, WA
Last week, I took a trip to Muscat, Oman and found a local guy to take my friend and me on a day trip. We started from Muscat, made a stop at the Grand Mosque and then drove around the mountains making stops at Jebel Shams (their grand canyon) and a bunch of tiny mountain towns.
As someone who has never traveled to the mid-east, I was a little unsure of what topics were fair game, so I treaded lightly. Within a few minutes, our driver Hamad started talking about everything from Ibadi Islam compared to other forms and Sharia Law. Spending a day with him definitely made the world a little smaller. Here's a guy who wears a dishdasha and keffiyeh, prays several times a day and yet goes on Facebook and has similar views that I do.
The scenery there was truly unique and it would be an incredible place to get in a truck and drive for a few weeks. It felt completely safe.
Toyotas are the only game in town. We saw only other Toyotas offroad and I only saw one LR the entire time I was in Oman.
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