I’ll dispense with the blah-blah-blah about why I stopped blogging and why I feel like starting again now. Let’s just catch up on the last 2.5 years, shall we?
I realized a few months after I stopped posting here that I wanted some record of our travels, so I resurrected my flickr account and have been uploading photos there a few times a year. If I could go back and do it again I would include a lot more tags and captions, but it was already a bit tedious to sort and choose the photos after such long intervals so I didn’t bother. Anyway, here are albums of the places we’ve visited in Oman, some of them more than once:
- Muscat – the capital of Oman, where we live
- Jebels Akhdar and Shams – mountains
- Ras al Jinz – turtle beaches
- Sharqiya Sands – camping, star-gazing, sand-driving in the dunes
- Ibra Tombs – archaeological site on Salmah Plateau
- Bimmah – on the coast not too far from Muscat
- Nizwah – the old capital of Oman, when Muscat was a city-state
- Star Dunes – sand-driving near the UAE border
- Salalah – famous for its monsoon season
- Bar al Hickman – sandbar near some huge salt flats
- Various wadis and such
And because Muscat is on the other side of the planet from Philadelphia, we’ve taken a few opportunities to explore a few places that would otherwise be prohibitively far away:
- Istanbul – K had a conference and I tagged along
- Bucharest and Sinaia – to visit our friend, Matei
- Sri Lanka – traveling with Philly friends Pedro and Len
- Srinagar and Leh – the majestic Himalayas, with K’s Mumbai cousins, Shyam and Ami
- Kerala – the first democratically elected communist state, again with our comrade Matei
- Goa – traveling with some Muscat friends, Cristina and Iñaki and their 10-month-old daughter, Erica
And in an effort to soften the blow of jet lag when traveling to and from Philadelphia, we’ve taken to stopping in Europe to poke around and adjust our circadian rhythms (some of these albums have photos from long-ago visits):
- Venice – we definitely slept through a lot of this trip
- Ireland – Dublin, Cork, and Sheep’s Head Island
- Spain – Madrid, Panticosa (in the Pyrenees), and Barcelona
In other news, I did a CELTA course, which was grueling but worthwhile for many reasons. I taught a few classes at AMIDEAST before they closed down their Muscat office last summer, and I did quite a bit of freelance copy editing – always my favorite. I started studying Arabic with a tutor and Spanish more casually using online learning tools. We also moved house within Muscat, which was kind of a pain but we like our new place much better.
Last but not least, at the end of November 2016 K and I welcomed our son, Veeru. I have it on good authority that he is the best baby ever made.
I’m not sure how or if I’ll proceed with updating this space. So if you have a minute – dear handful of friends I’ve reached out to – let me know which of the places or topics I’ve mentioned above you’d like to hear more about. TIA!