Wednesday, February 1: For the boys’ last weekend in Oman, we opt to hang out in Muscat. Little do I know how much money it will cost us. It hits me that Oman can be either a very cheap country, if you’re outdoors exploring wadis and villages, hiking or even driving (in the Gulf, petrol is, after all, cheap!), or a very expensive one. If you are in Muscat eating out, shopping, just sitting and doing nothing, it can cost you an arm and a leg!
I guess it doesn’t help if you go to notoriously expensive restaurants. We check out Muscat Time Out magazine on our way to the city and I tell the boys to look for somewhere special we can have dinner. For some reason, under the “Moderate” listings, a restaurant called Marjan Indonesian Restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Muscat calls out to us. Since the magazine promises a “vegetarian menu,” we decide to check it out.
The setting is amazing, out at the fabulous poolside at the Grand Hyatt, with the ocean beyond. A cool breeze floats over us. It’s a perfect evening; we order drinks and appetizers and sushi. Alex orders a vegetarian pasta dish, Adam orders sushi, and I order a delectable prawn appetizer. Note I say APPETIZER, not dinner! Alex orders one more beer, and then Adam orders the sushi as well. I have one glass of wine. Total cost: 56 rials, or ~ $145! Ouch.
We’re all bowled over by the setting though. The mint green pool and the breeze, the birds chirping, the manicured gardens, the sound of the sea, delectable food and soothing wine create an awesome ambiance. Adam, who always says he doesn’t need money in life, who wants to “literally live from meal to meal,” is enjoying this night at the Hyatt to the hilt. I wonder how someone who swears he wants to live like a primitive caveman in the woods can also enjoy such a high-class, sumptuous environment that is against everything he believes in? Hmmm…
After our fabulous dinner, we head to the Ghazal Pub at the Intercontinental. We meet my friend Christian and his friends and listen to our favorite band, Generation, and dance the night away. This time we are spending the night at the Safeer Suites at Medinat Sultan Qaboos, so when Alex and I get tired, we take off, leaving Adam to hang out with Christian and his friends till 2 a.m. Now that this kid has experienced the bar scene, he can’t get enough!