One of the best things about traveling is coming across sights that you would never expect to encounter. I’ll be posting more still photographs from Oman next week, but I really enjoyed having a FlipCam with me on this last trip to capture some of those sights. Check out the video below of something I would call unconventional, but which is likely standard practice in Oman. I took it on the inland road from Sur to Muscat.
Boys doing their thing in an alley in Muscat, Oman. While Nike won’t feature their skills in one of their ad campaigns — and the videographer won’t win any prizes — I enjoyed watching these kids knock the ball around. This scene is probably playing out this very moment in millions of locations worldwide.
New to the Gulf and largely uneducated in the ways of the region’s conservative Muslims, I was a bit baffled today as I visited a small shopping center in Doha, Qatar. Women filtered through the mall as anywhere else, and just like anywhere else, they visited stores selling dresses, skirts, and halter tops. Except that they wore black head-to-toe abayas and hijabs, which literally covered everything but their eyes.
Maybe they’re buying dresses for special occasions? Inside their homes? I guess I’ll chalk not understanding this one up to my ignorance.