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Notes on the Geography of Oman: Bustan

A road continues east from Muscat along a forbidding coast to the small town of Al Bustan.

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Typical countryside, although that probably stretches the meaning of the word.

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From about the same spot but this time looking to the Gulf of Oman and coastal Al Bustan.

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Closer in.

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It's not just Sultan Qaboos who likes green.  The same principle motivates Quebeckers to keep their homes toasty warm in winter.

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A windlass to haul boats ashore.  Rollers are used to get them back to the water.

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Ashore.

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Beach and headland.

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Beachside.

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More modest housing.

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However limited, a garden.

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A lane without a speck of litter.  Note the air conditioners.

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Kids coming home from school.

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The same stretch of coast viewed from a nearby hotel.

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The hotel's approach road has a traffic circle that ranks high on the list of Oman's follies.

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That's real water.

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Haramel, an intermediate hamlet between Muscat and Bustan.

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Private estate at Haramel.

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And this is March!


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