Lisa Sorgini, Oman
Vivid words and breathtaking images from an intimate family travel journal...
After seeing Oman on a documentary early last year and being blown away by its beauty and intrigued by its history we knew that it was next on the travel list.
I am not sure if it was the lack of pre conceived ideas of how it would be or just the magic of the country itself but it was the most incredible trip of my life.
As our little family moved through the country in our rented 4wd we fell in love with the open kindness of its people, the bustle of the ancient souqs, the dry warm air filled with frankincense and cardamom, the crystal clear Oasis, the goats! (so many goats), vast and ancient mountainscapes and the immense expanse of the desert.
Oman left me in awe at every new turn and each new day on the road and I am sure I left a little piece of my heart there.
The view over Muscat old city from our hotel room. Each morning we woke around 5:30am by the call to prayer crackling through loudspeakers throughout the city. Adhan is called out by a muezzin from the mosque five times a day.
Coffee! Omani coffee is scented with Cardamom, we were offered coffee and dates as a welcome gesture everywhere we went.
The near abandoned mountain village of Misfat Al Abriyeen where we spent 4 peaceful days. Perched precariously on the edge of a gorge we learnt that most people had relocated to the newer town and only a few people remain where they still grow bananas, pomegranates, paw paws and date palms in the same way they have for hundreds of years. Our host and his wife cooked us traditional meals and shared their culture and history so proudly, it was hard to say goodbye to this beautiful area.
Goats rule every corner of Oman and they most definitely do not have an inch of respect for cars.
I cut my 4wd chops on these mountain roads. My partner had a knack of finding the trickiest (read most interesting) mountain roads to take.
Spending hours wandering the little laneways of the ancient souk in Nizwa. The traders are so gentle and courteous and it made the whole experience far less hectic than any other market I have ever been to.
The Sharqiya Sands are mind blowingly beautiful. Part of the Arabian desert this vast expanse of ever changing red sand dunes are home to the Bedouins, whose nomadic desert culture dates back thousands of years. We spent a couple of nights in traditional Bedouin tents under the stars and a nearly full blood moon. Our beautiful host Malik, patiently and gracefully answered my constant incessant and enthusiastic questions about the desert and his culture.
Wadi can be found all over Oman, and a few of them have spectacular aquamarine water channels, from fresh water running down the mountains and through the ravines.
100% worth the hike to get to.
A secluded beach we found on our drive back to Muscat.
We whiled away the morning, fossicking for cowrie shells, swimming and eating the watermelons we’d bought at a roadside stall while curious donkeys watched on.
Lisa Sorgini is a professional photographer based on Australia’s NSW north coast yet with an eye on the world.
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