We arrived at our hotel at about 4:00 this afternoon. We were assigned our rooms and moved our bags and stuff in. I’m sharing with a guy called John who comes from Preston in Lancashire. He’s the same age as me and a traveller as well.

It’s interesting getting to know new people and sharing rooms is very good way to do this. I’m glad that the organisers mix us up every time we stay at a hotel. Instead of staying with the same person every time, you stay with a different person so you get a better sense of the whole group. You also get a sense of who snores the worst.

The hotel is a modern one that would fit in anywhere in the world. It’s a 4-star hotel. Is this mix and match of 50% bush camping and 50% hotels, and good hotels at that, is a very good mix because bush camping can be a bit of a challenge at times and it’s nice to have a luxurious time as well.

As soon as I got in, I had to shower and washed all the sand and sweat and grime and grit from my two days bush camping. I also changed all my clothes and stuck the clothes I’m wearing in the laundry bag in my backpack. I’ll get around to washing them sometime.

Heading down for a meal now and of to bed pretty early and we have an early start tomorrow morning. Breakfast is 6: 30am and the truck is leaving at 7:00. They asked us to make sure we have all our bags in the truck before breakfast so we’d be ready to leave at 7:00 sharp. Our first stop is a camel market and then to the Omani border.

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