We have been back home for a few days now, after yet another successful holiday. New destinations have been explored, precious memories have been born and valuable moments have been captured on the memory card of my camera.
In many ways, our trip to the United Arab Emirates and Oman turned out to be more tricky than I would have expected. There were no setbacks, no huge unpleasant surprises, but so many little things ended up requiring more planning, or more effort either before or during the trip. It felt like I spent more time planning and solving problems on this trip than on the five previous ones all together. Although there were some nerve wrecking moments along the way, the trip ended up being better than I dared to hope for. Oman was a huge positive surprise and we returned home several experiences richer, many of which you will hear more later.
11 days on the road, two countries, 2000 kilometers and five different hotels. So many different places, different encounters and experiences. We walked until our feet were full of blisters, were surprised how many interesting sights there actually were near a city we thought would not have that much to see. We walked on sand dunes, and watched the clear starry skies at night in the middle of a desert. We marvelled at the mountains and interesting forts. We were greeted by some extremely friendly people. We were surprised how good the infrastructure was. We shopped until we dropped. Most importantly, we had a blast every single day.
11 days is a short time but somehow we ended up experiencing more than I dared to hope for before heading to the trip. During those days we came to the conclusion that having a car just makes travelling so much easier and especially in countries where public transport really is not an option, makes it possible to explore much more than without it. It gives yo the flexibility and possibility to alter the plans as you go – surely this was not the last road trip we will be making.
Despite seeing so much and experiencing even more, somehow I still felt like we ran out of time hopelessly. So many places were left unseen, so many things were left unexperienced. But then againg, 11 days is a short time and there is not way you can really get to fully know a country(except for those few tiny ones in Europe) in that time, let alone two. The good thing is that there should still be countless of new adventures awaiting in the future if nothing unexpected happens and I could easily see myself returning to either one of the countries later.
Unlike on several other times, I have not experienced the post-holiday blues this time. Of course I was sad the holiday ended, but at the same time I’ve been super happy about the fast approaching summer, the warm weather and longer days we have been having now. The trip was a success and I have several happy moments to return to during the upcoming weeks. All in all, I can actually say that this time, I returned home full of energy and happy feelings – safe to say the holiday did exactly what it was supposed to do I guess?