Wednesday, December 26: Today is Christmas Day! Well, not the REAL Christmas day. After all, we had to work the real Christmas Day, December 25, at the university. But, thankfully, we get off this day after Christmas, meaning we have a three-day weekend. To take full advantage of the holiday, Mario and I drive to Ibra in Sharqiya region to visit the ruins of Al Munisifeh.
According to the Rough Guide to Oman, Ibra is the principal town of inland Sharqiya. It grew rich because of its location on the major trade route between Muscat, Sur and Zanzibar. The ruined village of Al Munisifeh, which lies a few kilometers beyond the Ibra souq, is one of the finest old walled villages I have seen in Oman.
The village, surrounded by the remnants of its original walls, has gateways at either end linked by a central street. …
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