Day Trip to Bahla Fort and Surrounding Attractions

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10 Responses

  1. What an inspiring piece. How about language? Do many people speak English?

    • Teja says:

      Thank you!
      Regarding language, it depends where you are. In Muscat, near touristy locations, and places where Omanis work with outsiders, the English is fluent. But elsewhere, it can be non-existent. For example, when we were wandering in Bahla’s market area, the shopkeepers pretty much only spoke Arabic. But the guide in Al Hoota cave, and the beekeper in Misfat a Abriyyin, spoke excellent English.

  2. Julie says:

    Thanks for the useful advice on how to dress in Oman! Very interesting and informative. I love the info about the difference between black and white magic.

    • Teja says:

      Haha yes – I was intrigued that they don’t call them by the same word at all! Even though they know to use ‘magic’ for both when explaining it in English.

      I’m glad you found the dress advice helpful! It really extends to most other conservative cultures as well, even if the actual clothing fashion varies.

  3. I love this post! Beautiful photos and isn’t it amazing you found a chapel when looking for a Mosque?! I love finding the echos of religion through history on my travels! Now I HAVE to get to Oman soon!

    • Teja says:

      I think you’ll love it. I have only ever visited on the sides of work trips. If you are coming specifically to explore, you could consider a tour, because if you don’t already know local people, Oman takes quite a bit of time to ‘access’ independently. Maybe more time than you can spare.

  4. Susan Pazera says:

    Fascinating post! I especially enjoyed your description of the nuances of the dress code. Thanks for sharing your trip to this amazing place.

    • Teja says:

      Thanks! I’d been meaning to write something that goes deeper than just ‘wear this here because respect’. I think a lot of conflicting views by visitors from liberal cultures on this comes from not considering the distinction that conservative cultures make between how to treat people ‘from here’ and ‘not from here’, and knowing when you’re among similarly liberal people, and when you’ve entered into conservative regions.

  5. Sue says:

    I haven’t spent much time in the Middle East beyond Dubai but Oman recently came on my radar after reading a magazine article. It sounds like a beautiful & fascinating place to visit. This has made me even more determined to go! I particularly like your comments about travelling with local women – really interesting perspective which I have never considered.

    • Teja says:

      I’ll tell you straight up that it isn’t an easy thing to get to travel with local Omani women. They’re rarely in the tourism industry. But if you know them personally, like from work or something, I’d definitely instigate something of the sort! Every time I am guided by local women, I learned WAY more than I bargained for! And it’s an exchange that is ONLY open to women, in some cultures!

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