Today the rain strikes strong on the glasses of my window. The perfect day to start telling you about my latest great adventure: Oman ( in October).
A land, not so far away, but really little far away from our dimension. So many taboos and a just few ideas on what to expect really.
More than so many other destinations have had an incredible interest on my social, I received beautiful messages during the trip.
My stories are always emotional before being informative. It’s my point of view, my personal diary.
In this first episode I bring you among the pink dunes of the Wahiba Sand Desert, in oasis of incredible colors and in an atmosphere of the Thousand and One Nights.
My journey starts from Milan, from here you have direct flights of about 7 hours thanks to the flagship company Oman Air.
I meet here the rest of the group, we will be divided into two teams: Oman Chic and Oman Sporty, headed directly by the Tourism Authority of Oman that I really thank for this incredible opportunity. Guess what was my team?
The girls’ itinerary is aimed at discovering a country’s face of luxury and tradition, attention to local culture, and places full of magic.
We arrive in Muscat, the capital, in the early hours of the morning (we are 4 hours ahead) … the sun is already high and the first feeling is that of hot, damp heat.
The bright white atmosphere that accompanies our arrival comes with the awareness and happiness of being back in the summer. Bring me to the heat and you will make me immensely happy.
For me this has been one of the longest summers ever, I feel immensely lucky and grateful for it.
We pay our tourist visa at the airport (20 Rial = about 45 euros) and then we take a local sim that allowing us to connect anywhere on our trip (10 GB of navigation about 15Rial = 35 euros).
The feeling is dreamlike, I feel not totally glossy (I did not sleep during the flight thanks to my big curiosity) and it’s all so incredibly discoverable.
Always at the airport we meet the Tour Operator who passionately organized our itineraries: Al Koor Tourism, created by an Italian who lost the heart for this incredible country, the perfect conjunction ring if you want to organize a travel experience in Oman . From now on, I realize that we have a kind and thoughtful smile (the ones of our guides) that will not abandon us throughout the trip.
But let’s move on with the first step, greet the boys and head toward the desert.
Wadi Bani Khalid
One of Oman’s most famous and beautiful oases, the first time I see something like this in my life. The Wadi are the real meeting point for the omail weekend (Friday and Saturday). An emerald water that almost blinds and it’s so hot here.
Probably if I did not have photographic evidence that I really lived it I would think I had a dream, one of those beautiful ones.
Colored carpets flock to the banks of the water basin, smells of spicy coffee in the air, children running in all directions; some people jump from the canyons “cliffs”, women in traditional clothes who enjoy a drink in the shade of a palm, men who prepare their braces.
Keeping car of the local traditions, if you want to dive in the wadi, it is good to wear over the bikini (even better a whole swimsuite), a dress or a long t-shirt.
If there is one thing I learned about this people is that they will never tell you anything, they are totally open and jovial to the stranger (and they love the Italians). But they will appreciate the respect of their traditions very much.
Perhaps I will dedicate a separate chapter on the right outfit to choose from.
Wahiba Sands Desert
After a hummus lunch with Arab bread we head to the desert: the Wahiba Sands, welcome to the great sandy area of the Omani Sultanate. I open my eyes (I’m a bit sleepy to admit it) in front of the bedouin house that will welcome us for a coffee.
Please, take off your shoes, they told us… the feeling of the feet in contact with a sand that has the texture of silk, it wakes me up immediately and fills me with enthusiasm.
The typical local houses are made with small vegetable canes alongside each other to form walls, precious carpets on the floor.
Oman is a rich people, there is presence of oil in the subsoil.
Cardamom coffee is served directly by the hostess, it is good practice to accept it and grab it with your right hand. The dates, national specialty, are our snack.
We relax and some of us choose to decorate their hands with henna, we are tired but the curiosity to explore goes beyond any need.
After a warm welcome we mount in jeeps, heading to Desert Night Camp (a tent camp and luxury hotel) to experience the magic of a sunset among the desert dunes.
We will sleep here and with so much emotion I can tell you that staying in the desert was one my big wish since I saw my first desert in California (Joshua Tree).
A full moon night, stars and live music await us in the sand dunes.