Muscat: People of Oman are as beautiful as the country, said Hermann Vornwald, a German tourist, who is travelling in a “motor home” to explore the beauty of the Arabian Peninsula.
Hermann and his wife Heike have been in Oman for the last couple of days.
The tourist couple started its journey in a motor home from Frankfurt, Germany, in the first week of September.
“For this winter, we planned a trip to go around the Arabian Peninsula in our motor home,” Hermann told the Times of Oman.
They are expected to be back in Germany in the last week of May this year. They intend to cover about 22,000 km during the journey.
So far, they have visited Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Iran, and entered the Gulf through a ferryboat boarded from Bandar Abbas in Iran.
They celebrated the New Year in the UAE and then entered Ibri in the Sultanate of Oman, and plan to spend nearly four to five weeks in every country and enjoy the beauty and culture of the country.
Vornwald and his wife are scheduled to stay in Oman for six to seven weeks.
“We have to travel about 4,000 km, which is about seven weeks spent travelling through the country on the coast of Indian Ocean to the south, to Salalah, and on a western route through the ‘Rub al Khali,’ or the ‘Empty Quarter’ or the world’s largest sand desert in the north again,” Vornwald said.
“We want to enjoy the beauty of Oman and its culture,” he added.
The German couple is visiting Oman for the second time.
Earlier in 2000, they had come with a group and spent two weeks in Oman.
So far, they have explored the beauty of Ibri, Nizwa, Tanuf, Seeb and Muttrah in the Sultanate.
Yesterday, they started their journey to Salalah and will spend three days there, enjoying the beauty of the Dhofar region.
After their stay in the Dhofar region, they will be back in the capital city to relish its beauty and culture. The couple will start the journey back to Germany after their stay in Oman and after visiting the same countries via which they came, but through a different route.
According to Vornwald, Oman is the most peaceful and beautiful country that he came across during this journey.
“The people of Oman are lovable and friendly, especially near the border where they showed great respect towards me,” he added.
Sixty-year old Hermann was a businessman back in Germany. He owned a shop, which sells all kind of iron products. Five years back, he vended all his business properties and started to travel in his motor home with his wife Heike.
“Now, we travel for six to seven months every year, exploring the beauty of the world and we will be back in Germany in the summer,” Vornwald said.
“Last year, we were in North Africa,” he added.
According to him, the only problem he faces during the journey is the delays that take place in the borders. Sometimes he has to wait for more than 12 hours.
“So far, my journey has been good, but the process, such as security, clearances, all this makes it exhausting,” Vornwald said.
During our chat, Heike was preparing dinner in the kitchen of the motor home. The happy couple are enjoying their retired life.