Thursday, 15 January 2015

First stop Muscat, Oman 31st December 2014

Muscat-Seeb Airport....

Dawn breaks over the misty hills of Iran with just a couple of hours left of this first leg of the Journey to Kathmandu. A magical, mystical image as the sun rises displaying an array of blues, deep orange upto pale yellow - yes, a new day has dawned and breakfast is served. A kind of hot vegetable wrap with nice coffee, not as tasty as the previous meal  but infinitely better than the Jet Airways (India) effort just a few months ago. 

Time to buckle in as another Midde Eatern metropolis appears on the horizon and the Airbus begins it's approach to the airport, located at the coastal town of Seeb. About 20 degrees c, partly cloudy as we all disembark to waiting buses. First thing to notice is how small this airport is. That's good because right now I don't relish a lot of walking, unlike Dubai where one can end up walking for seemingly several miles before collapsing at the gate due exhaustion! Security formalities here are swift consisting of a baggage scan and that's pretty much it and since this is the only intercontinental here the whole thing is over in 10 minutes. A few hours to kill so let's grab some coffee from the costa-lot-coffee shop conveniently located beside the windows looking across to the runway. 

Next and final stop for today is Kathmandu, about 3 1/2 hours as the Boeing sets course for Pakistani airspace, Indian airspace and on into Tribhuvan Airport. Lunch is served, it's fish with rice and vegetables, quite tasty - not had fish on a plane before! Pakistan slips away as the sun sets just below the wing. Nothing more to see for an hour until the lights of Kathmandu. 

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