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tórshavn, faroe islands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

aarstova – faroe Islands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

muscat, oman: al jalali fort

 

 

fort al jalali

 

muscat, oman: al alam royal palace

 

 

the front of the palace

palace of hm sultan qaboos, ruler of oman

 

palace of hm sultan qaboos, ruler of oman

 

 

palace of hm sultan qaboos, ruler of oman

 

 

palace of hm sultan qaboos, ruler of oman

 

 

the back of the palace

sits opposite a natural harbor

 

palace of hm sultan qaboos, ruler of oman

 

palace of hm sultan qaboos, ruler of oman

 

 

 

 

chedi muscat: the gym

 

by far,

the most well-planned out, most beautiful and well equipped hotel gym i’ve been to

truly the complementary forces of yin and yang were at play

the combination of design, warmth and comfort in this 100-meter long facility

balanced out the sweat-drenched, testosterone-filled, will-driven workouts

early morning workouts were met with excitement and awe

i felt honored to walk into the gym every morning

enough said …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chedi muscat: the lobby

lobby

chedi muscat: the long pool early in the morning

the long pool

the long pool

looking out at the long pool and the spa

muscat, oman: skype

i wasn’t really sure whether or not oman banned certain websites

i thought about it

and figured that it’s highly likely that websites with pornographic content would be banned

but other than that i wasn’t quite sure

well…

i sat down to make a call using skype

i logged in

or at least tried to

for some reason the site would not connect

so i tried to change my password hoping that would resolve the problem

the message i received:

Dear User,

This site has been blocked due to content that is contrary to the societal and cultural norms of the sultanate. However, if you believe that the website you are trying to access does not contain any such content, please fill in and submit the form below.”

 

i did not fill it out, nor did i submit the form

fascinating ….

 

chedi muscat: looking out

looking out the window

 

 

view from bed