Welcome to Muscat
So, upon reflection of my first full week in country, I'd say things are going pretty well. Muscat is a pretty crazy. Muscat proper is really actually only about the size of downtown Chagrin Falls, not large at all. The city Muscat refers a 50 km stretch all along the Omani coast including Muttrah, Ruwi, al-Qurm, and al-Hail (pay attention to the names, you'll need them for later). Our flights went decently well, and we got into Muscat at about 10 PM and went to our hotel, which was right on the Muttrah Corniche, literally overlooking the water. Driving into Muttrah, it really strike me how similar Oman and China felt. The signs look similar, it smells similar (although Oman is much cleaner), it really feels like Qingdao in China, but with Arabesque architecture. Having been here for a week, the energy feels rather similar also. In both countries, you can sense the desire to be moving ahead, to get things and to hurry and catch the developed countries. It's pretty interesting.