Day 2: Chasing Waterfalls

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Today our group traveled south from Muscat to Wadi Shab. A wadi in Arabic is a valley that is typically dry, except during the rainy season. Wadi Shab is one of the most popular destinations in Oman because it typically has water in in. We were also treated to a traditional Omani lunch!

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Time ran really fast today. Since most of us were still suffering from jetlag, we started a little bit late today and we left the hotel at 10. We first stopped at the Bimmah Sinkhole, which was a beautiful way to start our day. Then, we were very lucky to be invited into an Omani home for lunch. One of our guide Maggie’s friends invited the whole group to have lunch in his grandmother’s house. We had our lunch at a big greeting room where all Omani people usually use to serve their guests. The greeting room is bigger than the other rooms. It is decorated with really nice carpet and cushions around the room.. At lunch, we had an Omani tradition meal, chicken, fish, rice and salad. It is their tradition to eat with their hands. After lunch, Maggie’s friend gave us some hot tea with special Omani spices.

– Maple S. ’17

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Today we went hiking in the Wadi Shab, which was an amazing experience. First, we took a boat to go to the other side of the Wadi, then we walked for a while, the view was beautiful and the fact that people lived there a million years ago made the experience even more interesting and exciting. We also swam in the Wadi for like 15 minutes until we got to the cave, inside this cave there was a pretty waterfall. I was very proud of myself because I didn’t know how to swim but I pushed myself and I got all the way to the cave. I was a little bit scary but I didn’t give up and I had an amazing experience I don’t regret any second of it. It was an exhausting day but it was my favorite because I had an amazing time in Wadihadi Shab.

– Arlet R. ’18

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