Salalah, Dhofar province, Oman 6 Dhul Qadah, 1428 AH
I have been discombobulated. I have not been able to access my website for weeks; in Iran on certain servers it is blacklisted for reasons unknown and in Dubai both Girl Solo and Typepad are wholly inaccessible for reasons equally unknown, all of which has left me chomping at the bit. This is not a good position to be in when you are trying to arrange travel to places that were already off the beaten path in the 14th century, and to which the passing centuries have not improved accessibility. The final straw - the shutter button on my camera sheared clean off leaving me completely adrift – I feel as if I have been without an umbilical cord for the past two months.
I am thus happy to be back on Ibn B’s trail again in the company of Mohammed Saeed, firstname.lastname@example.org an extremely knowledgeable and affable guide to these parts. This is going to be one of the most difficult parts of the trip to pull together – I have been trying for several months – so in the meantime I start with the easy stuff which is how I come to be driving to al-Baleed of a fine, tropical November Monday morning…….
The flora of this part of the Omani coast resembles that of South Asia with its poinsiana and frangipani trees, bougainvillea, banana and coconut groves