Tuesday, May 08, 2007


A elderly Omani gentleman stops for a chat in the middle of the Rawdah Bowl in the Hajjar Mountains behind Khasab.
He spoke Arabic - I didn't.
I spoke English - he didn't.

But a smile can sometimes say more than words!


  1. Fantastic! Well sometimes when we don't have language to distract us, we actually end up paying more attention to each other. Moods, movements, expressions etc. That can be a whole other way of getting to know each other.

  2. Yeah - I also knew exactly what he was saying to me.

    We were coming up to a checkpoint (border crossing) where the road forks left to Dibba and right to Ras Al Kaimah.

    Only Omanis and Emiratis can cross here as there is no passport control.

    So he was telling me that we had to turn around and go back to the UAE through the border at Tibat!!

    I said Shukran and smiled - held up my camera in askance of a photo and he stopped talking long enough for me to take this image - before he took off again and was waved through the border crossing like an old friend!! LOL

  3. Beautiful interpretation of theme, NZM!!! and so truly said, SS!

  4. excellent pic nzm! reminds me of my own similar experience in a beautiful Indian state Kerela. I spent half a day with a guy roughly my age communicating only in sign language and body language.

  5. Thank you!

    I find that a smile and an open attitude gets me a long way in this world!