Expat Life

The Second Summer

May 3, 2014

As I walked the dog around our neighborhood last night I could feel my eyeballs drying in the heat, the all too familiar feeling of summer. It was after dark and the temperature was still up over 35 degrees. It is only the first week in May but the Middle Eastern summer is fast approaching and this fills me full of dread. I’m just not built for this heat. Did you know that Oman is the 6th hottest country in the world?!

2014 will be our second summer in Oman and last year was not pleasant for me at all. I was newly pregnant and as sick as a dog, the heat made the sickness worse and every smell of hot garbage bin or warm sewage drain sent me running. This year I am not pregnant but I will have a small baby to think of in the heat. If it’s tough of me it’s got to be a lot tougher on them.

The winter months in Muscat are amazing with perfect temperatures, sunshine and many outdoor activities but into the summer it seems to turn into a ghost town. Once the schools break for holidays the airport is full of people leaving for weeks on end and many of the locals who are used to the heat are even escaping to cooler climes. Unfortunately this year it doesn’t look like we are able to escape for long so we will be around for the brunt of the summer.

The sunshine is intense and hardly ever a cloud in the sky

What do you do to avoid the heat? Do you have any tips of things to keep us busy during the summer?

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  • Reply Lulu's veiw May 3, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    eating out, go to the movies, get a gym membership, indoor activities like bowling, shopping, and one-a-year ice-skating.

    • Reply The Duncan Adventures May 4, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      Thank you Lulu! It is amazing that Muscat has an ice rink for sure so that is a great suggestion 🙂

  • Reply raggamuslims May 14, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Early morning trips to the beach. Mid-morning trips to the pool. Short walks just before sunset. With our young daughter, this is the only way we can have outdoor time. 🙂

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