Oman DAY TWO…

Jun 20th

This just in… OMAN IS HOT!

Today was more of getting used to the weather and trying to combat jet lag… not a very good combination.  We were awake and out the door by 8:30 and off to the Sultan’s Grand Mosque… the world’s most expensive empty building (although some churches in the US could probably give it a run for it’s money)…

The Mosque has one of the world’s largest chandeliers in the middle of the prayer room.  Here is a bad pic of it:

It was crazy big… SO BIG that its impossible to take a good pic.  … Okay maybe it was a user error  but never the less, it was crazy big!  Here is the ceiling behind it:

And apparently Rebekah didn’t get the message…

The Mosque was insanely beautiful but there was a clear emptiness in there.  It was cool to talk to the father as we walked through the halls and in the prayer room.  Please rpay for the people of Oman as you think about us and read our blogs!

Here is a pic of some of the ladies…

aren’t they modest!

So after the Mosque we ate lunch at a really nice mall (atl people think lenox square/phipps plaza)… probably where all the Omani celebs shop… We had CHILI’S!!  who knew I would have to go all the way to Oman to get it!  it was great!

We walked around the mall for a while and got some starbucks then it was off to LuLu’s Hypermarket… A grocery store so big, its not just a supermarket… its a HYPERMARKET!

We loaded up on Groceries and then it was back to the house for some down time before dinner.  We got into our PMT’s (project management teams–not to be confused with Partner in Ministry Training… we had the name first) then  explained to Debbie why we have about three different teams.  There is the Household chore team, the project management teams and the research teams… what can we say… WE LIKE TEAMS!  We then reconvened, discussed and then had dinner…

Tonight’s meal was a family style dinner at a Zanzibar resturaunt…(everything for all of us was only 5 rials… about $15 bucks… it was a ton of food and we had a couple boxes left over… Here is the place:

After eating Danielle had to take a pic in front of the Giant Mosque inside the restaurant…

Very touristy of you Danielle…

So tomorrow the REAL adventure begins!  We venture into the desert where we will be staying the next 5 weeks doing research with the Bedouin people.  Rpay for safe travel and no one getting car sick… it is about a 2 hour drive to the middle of no where!

Updating may be difficult depending on the internet situation where we are going…

Good night/Good Morning!

Don’t worry Mom and Ellen… I am drinking plenty of this!

HAPPY FATHERS DAY, DAD!  Love ya!

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