My Top Five – Senses Version

This is officially my last blog post in Oman. My flight is tomorrow evening but today is the last time I will have Internet while in the country. In commemoration I’ve made a list of the top five things I will miss for each sense. There are so many more things I will miss than just these and many of them I can’t even put into words. It was fun to make this list and think about all the little things that I don’t always notice but now wish that I had paid more attention to. I hope you enjoy a few of the more sensory!



  • The ocean view from my classroom
  • Huge mountains rising up from nowhere and surrounded on all sides by desert
  • The Grand Mosque (or really any mosque) lit up at night
  • Street signs in English and Arabic
  • Men managing to look positively regal while wearing long white dresses


  • The idhan, or call to prayer that happens five times a day
  • The honk of the bus outside my house every morning
  • Arabic, English and Swahili intermingling in conversation on a daily basis
  • The laughter of my friends every lunchtime
  • My siblings shouting, fighting and laughing throughout the house, even when I’m trying to study


  • Bukhoor, or the traditional incense that can be found in any home and has soaked into all my clothes
  • Barbecue smoke on the beach
  • Lingering Arabic perfume in the bathroom letting you know that it has been recently occupied
  • Cardamom milk tea boiling on the stove
  •  The air freshener that goes off every thirty minutes at AMIDEAST


  • Dates and Omani coffee served in a tiny ceramic cup
  • Freshly made chapatti and other breads such as mandazi and chaliat nahal
  • The “Omani sandwich” with spreadable cheese, Chips Oman and hot sauce
  • Banana smoothies from the coffee shop that cost less than $1
  • Freshly cut green mangoes eaten with salt


  • The feeling of my abaya being blown by the breeze
  • Getting a warm, sweaty hug from the air every time I step outside
  • Finally getting home and being able to untie my hijab
  • Hand shakes with everyone in a room upon entry
  • The sticky aftermath of a tray of dates

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Larry Gates
    May 22, 2014 @ 14:15:40

    I’ll miss you blog. Thanks for the adventure!


  2. Elisa Cohen
    May 22, 2014 @ 14:25:34

    Miriam – Thank you so much for sharing your adventures and insights while living and studying in Oman. You have taught me so much about a world I knew so little about and I am sure your family in Oman feels the same – you are a reliable & true ambassador! Wishing you safe & happy travels!


  3. Lisa silverman
    May 22, 2014 @ 14:35:06

    We have dates waiting for you, but please bring more home.


  4. Harriet lowinger
    May 22, 2014 @ 20:34:53

    Well done!!!! You have educated all of us.


  5. Allen Israel
    May 24, 2014 @ 13:29:28

    Since this is your last Blog, this is my last reply! Miriam they have been great, educational, fun, fascinating, and so so well done! Welcome home, Happy Birthday, and now on to the next thing!
    Love as always,


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