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What can anyone tell me about living and working in Nizwa ?
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There is a lovely fort. That's all I know. And some caves. Al Hoota Caves.
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And when it rains, it is a several-kilometre wide river of water and rock that makes big Mercedes tippers look like Tonka's.
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Ah, but is there an opium den ?
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Ah, but is there an opium den ?
Not officially....
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This photo shows how quickly the weather can turn in Nizwa. Five minutes before, it was bright sunshine, five minutes after, it was pissing it down and throwing the car, a Pajero, about like a ping - pong ball.
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Caves are closed

There's a university, a goat market, a souq where you can buy pots, and with the new road it's only 90 minutes to Muscat
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Caves are closed
Oh . Why?
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They were probably being used for immoral purposes.
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They were probably being used for immoral purposes.
or they realised they really were a load of shit.
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usual cycle - open caves in big refurb fanfare, lots of parties & wasta, do f'all maintenance, kill a couple of tourists (I jest), facilities wear out, need to close for refurb, open caves in big refurb fanfare, lots of parti....
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It is a challenge. The people are very traditional. If you like the outdoorsy life then it can be fun. It is about an hours drive to Muscat. All of the expats are teachers so that can be a little boring. It seems to attract the survivalist types that want to live off 70 rials a month. The mountains are a nice escape from the heat but to get up jebel akhdar you need a 4x4. There are a couple of hotels that serve alcohol. For a single bloke it can be fun but if you have a wife or family there are no schools and very little to do there. Anything else you would like to know?
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I have come across the type you mention. Attempti9ng to live on 70 OR a month is like those in KSA who formed a secret society known as the "Fratermity of the 500" - sworn to live on 500 SR (=50 OR) a month. Some managed that.
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oh that lot are incredibly boring

ooh I'm a poor teacher, I only get (a paid for flat with utilities included, 10 weeks of holiday per year, flight home, car allowance and) 1200 OMR per month. I couldn't possibly afford to buy a bottle of gin in the duty free on the way over - would you mind bringing one?

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I was a teacher but not a member of the 500 Club !
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