Monday, May 28: After Mario and I leave Bidbid, we head to the pottery souq at Fanja, where we find unglazed pots, baskets, brooms, chests, gaudy fake flower arrangements in cellophane, dried fish & limes, incense burners, straw mats, tacky brightly colored ceramic animals and the goat fodder we saw the Bangladeshi boys harvesting in Bidbid.
After the souq, we take a walk up to the walled village and watchtower, perched high on a hilltop overlooking the modern town. Towers galore dot the surrounding hills. We find a decaying mishmash of ruined mud brick buildings, along with some more modern and apparently inhabited buildings.
We can’t believe how crazy we are walking around in these temperatures. However, Mario comments that we are in fact doing it, so it must not be impossible. Agreed! Onward we go to Muscat, to share a drink along the humid coast at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.