So here's a rough idea of what our group has ahead of us for the next two weeks:
Tomorrow: Going to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque to hear a lecture about Islam in pre-Columbian America (seriously)
Friday: Formal dinner. This is at the house of our sponsor, Dr. Salim Ismaili, the key Omani diplomat in the recent Oman-US FTA. Half the diplomatic corps will be there, including the US ambassador, whom I'm told I'll be meeting. Fun times
Next weekend: We fly to Salalah, the major southern city, where they still make traditional dhows.
The weekend after that: Desert excursion to go play in the dunes at the Wahiba Sands in the Sharqiyya region. I full intend to roll down a large dune.
In between all this, I have to apply for graduation at OU, apply to a program in Yemen, post my NSEP resume and get a job through them, and do major original research on Omani infrastructure development and it's affect on Middle Eastern foreign policy. Without regular Internet access. RIIIIIGHT. No wonder I'm so tired these days.