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Nakhal and Rustaq with friends

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In the course of my work in Oman, I came to know good Korean friends here.


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So I suggested we went out one weekend. They thought of going to Jebel Akhdar, the Green Mountains. But winter is now on us with morning temperature about 22C. I love Jebel Akhdar, but the last time I went there in late October, it was already chilly. I felt it would be too freezing to go up now. I suggested Nakhal fort and the q hotsprings. Since Rustaq was just 20 minutes further on down the road, we all decided to do two forts and two hotsprings all in that same day 19th Nov 2009.

Nakhal fort and hotspring


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Riamfada flown up a narrow staircase

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The best shots by far was not taken. I just did not expect that to take place. We left that castle and was at the entrance portal at the top of a long sloping driveway. My wife had Riamfada on the perch while I walked down the bottom of that sloping driveway. I even told her not to bother with any shots. That was partly because I knew I was far away and hardly visible. In which case, Riamfada would be more invisible. That was a 15-20 degree gentle slope. I thought Riamfada would kind of glide down to me. I called her. Instead of gliding down to me, Riamfada powered upwards to gain even more height while heading my direction. Fear froze my jaws opened as she winged her way beyond me. She then went into a huge circle high above me holding her height. Just as I was wondering if I was too late in reeling in that line, she dived down towards me breaking off her dive into a smaller circle just about 5 meters or so above me and then spiralling downwards to my shoulder. Only then, I was able to take a deep deep breath muttering if I should wring her neck or to praise her. I offered her a sunflower seed to have her pulling that from my finger and throwing that to the ground as if I insulted her by that offer.

We went on to the nearby hotspring.

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We soaked our bare feet in that stream at about 35C. The stream was teaming with fish. This was the first time I soaked my feet as the Koreans were doing that. To my surprise and delight, the fishes were nibbling on the skin , on flakes of skin. That was supposed to be therapeutic. It was soothing at any rate. Maybe I am just a masochist.

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The source of the hot water was directed into a small pool. At the source, it was about 40C. Since the day was cool, I decided to get in, and called Riam over.


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We then went to Rustaq. The Koreans brought a real treat for all of us. They brought sushi prepared in their special Korean guesthouse. It was nice change from the Indian/Paki curries. We stopped at the beautiful wadi and picnicked under a bridge for the shade.


Then we were at Rustaq. Riam was delighted to fly from up to down or down to up and across.

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