I visited Shatti al-Qurm, or Qurm beach, yesterday. The area is unbelievably beautiful. If more authoritarian governments had places like Shatti al-Qurm, the people wouldn't be so pissed off (why DO I always study in authoritarian countries?). If you walk along the main road, out of your left eye you can see the mountains of Muscat, and out of your right eye, you can watch the waves roll in. There is a Starbucks, which has wireless Internet. For a small fee, you can connect and use the wireless for as long as you want. So, I've found where I'm going to do my ISP research, since the cab ride from where I'll be in Ruwi is half a rial away. Between al-Qurm beach and the Yacht Club, plus all the shopping centers we've been going to (for research believe it or not), it's hard to believe we're actually studying abroad, and not on holiday.