Tuesday 21 April 2015

A night on a luxury yacht?

Don't mind if I do (warning for lack of consistency - for this post you'll have to wind back your watches to last Thursday when I was in Muscat, the capital of Oman).

The 30ft Ibra takes its cue from a traditional dhow, the sailing ships common in these parts for centuries. But pimp a dhow to the power of 10 and you have some idea how luxurious the Ibra is.

Joining us for the sunset cruise were three Australian women - a travel agent and her mates - who were all kinds of fun. While I slept on the yacht, they went back to their Muscat hotel but we hooked up again the next day for a cooking class run by the amazing Clara whose Ocean Blue International company is responsible not only for the Ibra but also for the Bait Al Bilad, the rooftop restaurant where we dined Thursday night and where we returned for the cooking class.

Regular readers will know that I'm a wuss when it comes to sailing; hence my concern that a night spent on a boat wouldn't be fun. As it turned out, the sea was as flat as a proverbial baby's posterior, and I had the best snooze in ages.

I could get used to this life...

In this next pic I'm about to fail miserably at making rakhal, the traditional Omani bread

  Before the cooking class



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