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Kamikaze cabbies

Like I said in an earlier post, the name Muscat actually refers to a whole stretch of cities along the Omani coast. For example, our hotel for the first week was on the Muttrah Corniche, and our school is in al-Hail, which is about 45 km, or 40 minutes by cab or minibus. The cabbies and minibus drivers are crazy, as they have a tendency to be in developing countries. Forget about terrorism, the biggest danger in the Middle East is auto traffic, which kills the most people each year in Oman. We just found out about our homestay placement, which I'm very excited about. I'm going to be living in Ruwi, which is literally in the middle of everything. Ruwi itself is changing quite quickly and is a very cool neighborhood. Also, it's close to al-Qurm, which is the beach, embassy row, Starbucks (thank god), and many of the other really fun places in Muscat. It's also close to Muttrah and the Yacht Club. The homestay coordinator here in Oman is the founding member of the Yacht Club in Muscat, and we can get in for free, so maybe I'll manage to get a tan. All in all, I feel very comfortable navigating the city at this point, and the cabbie bargaining skills I picked up in China are coming along quite well. I've managed to get them down to near-native prices. So, good times all around.

Posted by mc327503 01:25 Archived in Oman

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