Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Coming to Oman!

Just booked up some flights for me and my other half to visit Oman on holiday in early 2012. It'll be four long years since I was there. We'll be staying with old friends (OK, friends - they're not too old). I used up some precious air miles for the flights, so all in all it'll be a nice (and cheap) winter break full of relaxation, socialising and reminiscing!

I'll be interested to see how things have changed since I left in 2005.

I always said that living in such a 'young' country as Oman, a year was like a decade living elsewhere - buildings pop up from nowhere; shops, restaurants, cafes come and go; urbanisation creeps ever outwards as the suburbs become bigger.

When I first lived in Oman, there was nothing north of Bowshar until you got to Seeb other than the airport. There was one cinema showing English language movies (Star Cinema in Ruwi). There was no satellite TV, only a 15 minute daily news programme in English on Oman TV. There was no Muscat Festival (thank God!), no Hyatt Hotel, no road along the beach at Qurm, no paved road from Quriyat down to Sur, no City Centre, no big auto showrooms on Honda Road, no tourist visas at the airport, no Grand Mosque, no flyovers anywhere....etc....etc...etc...

Like I said, it'll be interesting to see how things have changed.

What should I be looking out for when I come?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Drip Drip Drip .....

So there I was enjoying a nice weekend away in London when I got a call from my neighbour at 7.30am on a Sunday morning. Now when I saw his name on my phone at such an early hour I knew it wasn't good news. Boy was I right!

"Come back quickly", he implored me. "There's water pouring into the flat below yours and into the one below that!"

I've never moved so quickly!

Bathroom flooded, torrents of water cascading down into the nearest two flats underneath me. Horrendous!

Thank God for insurance. Didn't have to pay a penny. Got a new toilet (it had been the cause) and bathroom floor for free. I even got them to replace the old sink to match the new toilet.

So here's me now visiting kitchen suppliers and thinking on how I can cause just a little leak in there :-)