..I'll try to fight against the shy side of me and say little bit of my personal experience in Oman.
First time i came in the Sultanate was February 2005, my Professor "sent" me to Salalah to attempt some consolidation works. I knew almost nothing about this country and didn't have time to read or to catch more information... (i wasn't a "sailor" of the net as i'm now!!!)
When i arrived in Salalah the people "of the group", working with me -not Omani-, just gave some "instructions": Do this, Don't do this. That's all. I spent a very nice time but in somehow i missed something.
After my short time there i still knew almost nothing about Omani and the Spirit of Oman but i felt that i had to come back...
Don't ask me why or what stole my heart... that time Oman was just a place... maybe the smell of the incense souq... the colour of the mountains at sunrise... or the sunset in Taqah.
I don't know why, but while i was leaving Salalah i said to myself: "..find a way to come back here..."
So i did, and not just for few weeks. Trying every time to know more, to feel and taste the sense of Oman... and even learn all this from Omani not just from my group (don't ask me why but we are kept separate than "locals"... and till now i can't understand it at all).
Anyway time by time thanks to the help of some collegues and friends -Omani, one of them studied for his ph.D. here in Pisa- i've started to learn the culture, traditions and values and to open my eyes upon many mistakes and ridiculos things... Upon all these mistakes we fall in whenever we think to know something better than everyone else... whenever we judge people and culture without trying to understand them...
My experience in Oman started just as a "working" experience and became an interesting school of life under many point of view... (...also for my Ph.D. studies!..but this is another story... for another post..)
I met "sleepless" for the first time in 6th of June -or something like that- just before Mr. Gonu's visit to Oman.. i heard something of that, but our tv speaker seemed to be more interested in gossips and VIP scoops... so i was looking for more news about the situation in Muscat and surroundings.
I remember that days i was driving crazy 'cause mobile net didn't work properly and was trying to call some friends of mine just to be shure that they and their family were ok..
Several blogs were the only available source of news, true news... ..and i get this addiction for blogs!
For a structural engineer like me, who is writing for the first time in a blog, is not easy to summarize two years of experience, emotions, toughts on a so peculiar country... -..and in the same time introducing herself without killing people with a boring post!!-...
Just I think this blog is a good chance for me to share ideas, point of view, news, advices... in somehow to grow up... and i hope i can give you something useful from my personal experience.
-i always have some problems in closing e-mails, letters..and, now i see, also posts!!...-
Tuesday, July 10, 2007