Square, concrete houses with satellite TV receivers stand before the ruins of old stone-built dwellings that blend into the rugged background. Pylons, miraculously striding over mountain peaks, carry electricity to the coast.
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Our tour took us to a barren and isolated outcrop—the notorious Telegraph Island, a. Jazirat al Maqlab. A flight of worn stone steps led to the crumbling ruins of a short-lived British telegraph station; it was from this remote outpost that engineers passed the first telegraphic message from London to Karachi in But the achievement took its toll on the men. One minute we were climbing a steep sandy track, and the next we crested a ridge and braked to a sudden halt.
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Below us, stretched between the arms of a ring of mountains, lay the aquamarine waters of a magnificent inlet. Great fingers of green merged with blue and reached between amber slopes to distant hidden coves that sheltered isolated villages, before opening to the jaws of the Arabian Sea.
I knew that attempts to capture the sheer size and wonder of it were bound to fail. So it remains, imperfectly reproduced on film, a living memory of the magic of Musandam. The first conversation I have as I arrive in Muscat is an argument.
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Adrienne also briefly touches upon the UAE and its growing love for everything glass and concrete, much to the disapproval of her and her Wadiman. When they begin their travels into the continent of Africa, its wilderness becomes a source for different stories.
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Moving from Botswana, South Africa to Namibia and Gambia, the discernible love for its startling wildlife, star-dusted skies, and natural parks, is often overshadowed by tales of squalid hotels, and tribes, who sometimes threaten or otherwise cajole tourists, to give money for posey and pretentious pictures, to further endorse the false tribal myth. It is commercialism, Adrienne agrees, but for victims of poverty, this is serious business.
There is also Devon and beautiful Cyprus which the couple explored. The latter being the final destination before Chapman died of bladder cancer at the age of Journeys with the Wadiman.
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