As we have just waved goodbye to many friends who are moving on and embarking in the next chapter of their transient lives we are now welcoming this year’s batch of newbies into town.
Planes full of new Expats are touching down in Muscat most of them with a bewildered look in their eyes. This adventure could just be the best thing that will ever happen to them, or the worst. They have not yet decided.
Does this sounds like you?! If so, then fear not Newbie! The airport arrivals hall is sh*t and the culture shock will probably hit you like a train at full speed… Just keep walking for the exit and I promise the rest of the country is better once you are out of those doors. Oman has so much to give and so much to teach you.
Every week I have been receiving numerous emails from these wide eyed newbies who are planning their move into town or have just arrived on the tarmac and are scrambling to finding their feet and a new ‘normality’. Often they contact me just to say hello and get a little advice or sometimes they are looking to make friends with me.
Through this blog I have met some amazing new friends, some associates and a few who are just not my kind of people -The internet brings out all sorts! Unfortunately I cannot meet or be friends with everyone who contacts me. There just aren’t enough hours, or Soya Lattes, in the day. I don’t blame them for contacting me as I would too if I was new in town and wanted to know someone, anyone. But then it’s not really my job to stand at the arrivals hall with a sign board welcoming people; I’m just here writing a blog about my life and people are drawn to it.
Saying that, It is up to all of us to show a little community spirit and compassion – we have all been brand spanking new and overwhelmed at where we are and what comes next.
So when you see someone who looks a little lost or asks you for help, it would be great of you to give them a little of your time and show them some of this world famous Omani hospitality.
Even just a smile goes a long way to making people feel like they aren’t alone in the world!
We’ve all been there.