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Weekend Post: Drew in Oman – The End of the Road

Saturday, November 26, 2016 6:03
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Concluding Drew’s expedition to Oman in the 1980s … 

End of the Road 

You’ve had enough of me swinging the old djinn’s lamp; so here are a few random memories and photos to wrap things up.


The early-evening trip to the souk: always interesting.  On one occasion we went to a coastal market, in a corner of which was an astonishing precious-metals section.  Who were the customers for all that gold?  Sailors, we were told.  But how did the traders finance their inventory??  Ahah! – C@W …

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This was as far towards the ‘tribal reservation‘ of the Jebel that we could reach, even with a military pass.  The end of the road …


Photos © Nick Drew 2016


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