I have encountered human kindness in every part of the world; yet, the hospitality and generosity that flow out of the Omani heart are unsurpassable, for they run deeply into the essence that defines the character of the whole nation and do not represent just a few individual cases.
Every visitor to Oman has a list of stories to share, all enchanting and benevolent, sometimes difficult to believe. I remember that every time we were planning with friends a trip to the neighboring country while I was living in the UAE, we would stock up on dates, cookies, and nuts to offer as a thank-you gift for some act of hospitality we were confident we would soon encounter. Below are some of my personal experiences, which they pale when compared to the numerous impromptu invitations fellow hikers or campers have received to weddings, feasts, or even homes, just because their paths intersected with those of the locals. [Read more…]