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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Holiday Report :)

Now that I am finally back, I think its time to let the people who have been visiting this blog regularly and make me draw a smile whenever I check my blog. Special thanks are to Jeff (for leaving your footprints), Sama and Nash

I will report on my holiday according to the places I visited because its easier to remember this way. I will try to include pictures of the places whenever I can.

Glasgow:

Glasgow has the mixture of modernity along with old buildings and atmosphere. It’s a wonderful city and according to everyone it’s the best place to shop (and shopping is important for women! :p ). The best street to shop in is called (Buchanan Street, or how my cousin calls it Bu kan3an an arabic name :) )

Weather there is quite cold. It rained the few days we were there and I forgot to bring a heavy jacket with me so I suffered a week without something heavy until I decided I should buy a shawl. It was a good change though from the heat of Muscat J

My cousin’s graduation was in a week time, so until then we took the chance to visit other places in England.

Princess Square ;)

Bu Kan3an Street


Edinburgh:

My cousin took us to there .. Its an old city with a lot of history in it. Its very interesting to see old and modern get along together very well. We visited Camera obscurer. It’s a number of mirrors reflecting the city and apparently the guy who built it used to spy on the city by it .. it was fun

We also got a drawing by a caricature artist in the street .. people started stopping by and laughing when we were being drawn .. it was fun.

One thing that was very impressive there is the central mosque .. it is clean and very well maintained. Even cleaner than many mosques here in Oman L

Scottish Romance :)


Guess who?!!!

Leicester:

We drove to Leicester from Glasgow. It was such a good experience especially with had the company of a GPS lady. It was fun making fun of her but she got us good. Instead of a 5 hours drive we took around 7 hours to reach there.

Leicester is a small town. The good thing is that there are a big Muslim community here which makes it easier to find halal meat. My relative who lives here tells me she its very comfortable to live there.

Alton Towers:

Now here where the fun is. We went to Alton towers theme park and it was FUN! We went on all the scary rides and got to scream all the stress away J

London:

Oh London .. it was such a nice place to visit for a day but I wouldn’t want to live there. We took the tour bus which took us to all the places in London. We also visited Madame Taussade museum and we met all the celebrity there. They also have the Live Seriall killers section .. oh god that was something. You walk in a dark corridor and you get people with blood and cuts on their face coming to you and screaming at you . I was just screaming and holding tight to my husband. I was really really frightened even when I knew they were faking it.

Then we went to oxford street and we met the arab community there. Its funny that every step you take you will find an arab .. its like you are in an arab country J


Beatles


London Bridge


Nottingham:

We visited the city center in Nottingham. I liked the city. Its spacious and organized.
My husband insisted on visiting Robin hood place coz he liked him so much as a kid.. it was a good place but I think kids would have enjoyed it more ..


Portsmouth:

I have lots of memories in this city. I first visited it when I was 8 years old since my dad had a course in UK and we have family there so we went to stay with them. I went on remembering the places I went and interesting that my memory did not fail me much. The funny part is that I found lots of things smaller than before. The road we used to take to go to the shop is shorter. But the buildings and the area around it is still the same.

Geneva ( Swiss. ):

It’s a small city by the lake. This is as simple as it could be. But its lovely with good shopping to do in it. Its also like the movies, every corner you go through you would find music and you would start wondering where is the music from. It’s a musicians playing in one of the corners.

We went to see the snow in a mountain called Zermat. The top hill is called Matterhorn. Its funny how down the sun is burning hot but when you go up the snow is still there!!.




Snow in Summer!!


Back to Oman:

And finally we came back to Oman .. I really enjoyed my trip and though it was hectic at times, moving from one place to another but I guess that what made it fun. But Alhamdulilah I am back to beautiful Oman that I missed so much J

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