May 9, 2009

Today is unlike any Thursday because we woke up early and we didn't go to Muscat City Centre. This particular Thursday was spent with friends from ETC (my husband Jun's department).

Jun and I stayed up late the night before to prepare our kids' favourite egg sandwich spread and potato chicken salad that we could take to our trip to Jabal Al Akhdar.

According to Wikepedia,Jebel Akhdar, Jabal Akhdar or Al Jabal Al Akhdar (Arabic: الجبل الأخضر ‎ meaning The Green Mountain) is part of the Al Hajar Mountains range in Oman, which extends about 300 km northwest to southeast, between 50-100 km inland from the Gulf of Oman coast. It is one of Oman’s most spectacular areas. The area is about 2 hours drive from Nizwa and is famous for its traditional rose water extraction and agricultural products including pomegranate, apricot, peach and walnut.

The trip to Jabal Al Akhdar was good. We stopped at several places to enjoy the spectacular view of the mountain and take souvenir photos. When we were about to make sandwiches for snack, we realized that I forgot to pick up the bag that contains the food. I left it infront of our building where we stayed while waiting for the 4WD. Because of this, we just had to do with what Jun has managed to bring along - chips, juice, water and a few biscuits. The trip coordinator made arrangements for chicken biriyani for lunch and we had a good lunch under the shade of a tree(!)

It was a great trip and it was obvious through some of the pictures taken from there.

Btw, we still got the food bag where we left it after coming back from the trip. That's h o w safe it is to live here :-)



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