26.03.2007 24 °C
So it might be even longer in between posts the next few weeks. The fact that this is going up is do in no small part to the ridiculous addicition I have with the Internet. The lack of contact with the outside world is due to the ridiculous amount of traveling we will be doing during this next bit. Right now, I'm in Nizwa, the heart of Oman's interior. This place makes Muscat look like Vegas. It's the center of Omani Ibadism (which is the Islamic equivalent of the Mormons), so even the usual sheeshah cafes are out. We're staying with students from the local university, and the girls are doing with homestay. There's not a whole lot of good from either perspective. Living with Omani students was fun for about 5 minutes, then it got really old, really quickly. The girls at least get to go visiting houses, the guys wind up staying in the hostel the entire day, unless we violate serious Omani social norms to go out on our own to the Internet cafes, as I am doing. Nizwa has even less contact with Westerners than Muscat, and most of this is with random, seriously annoying, German tourists. So, a bunch of white kids traipsing around the city on foot is a major interest. We went and visited the university today, which was not fun. I imagine that animals at the zoo must feel like I did walking around that today. We sat in on a business ethics class, as the professor butchered definitions of teleological theory versus deontological theory. In the process, he managed to rip on the West (for our benefit of course) no less than ten times. It might have been one of the most awkward things I've ever done. I wasn't sure whether to be angry or to burst out laughing at the sheer stupidity of some of the stuff that we heard. Luckily, we're here for only four more days, one of which will be spent toruing. Unfortunately, the cave system we were supposed to be visiting is still not accessible due to last weeks rains. But, after Nizwa, it's two days back in Muscat, then a 10 day swing through Qatar, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. I'm hoping to post from Qatar and the UAE at a minimum, but at the rate things are going, it doesn't look promising.