Room To Think
NP - Xavier Naidoo
I went to Jabal Akhdar this weekend. Theres something about being 2km above sea level that brings a certain clarity of mind. Maybe its just that its so beautiful up there, and so quiet. Somehow, the air is stiller. When I stepped outside, to take a little walk, the air was so still, I actually got that 'its too quiet' feeling. The roads were empty, with only the occasional pick-up now and then, and even the sound of their passing was quickly dispelled, almost like a vacuum.
The name is misleading. Jabal Akhdar isn't actually green. Its more like brown, with spatterings of green, with the mountain slopes layered and covered with small farms, or at least plantations. Theres a lot of goats too, mixed in with some sheep here and there.
The best thing about being up there is the trekking, and the amazing views. They're simply breathtaking, absolutely stunning. I took some digishots which I'll try to upload, but they just dont do it justice, not one bit. Plus they're too big, I need to find a way to compress them (I dont have a good graphics program.
Just being out there, at the mercy of nature, watching how the locals live, how their lives are so contrasting to our own, its humbling. And it gives you time to think I guess. Muscat is no metropolis, but it still has the ability to stifle you, even when you're cooped up in your own home. Maybe its the air, its thinner up there. I don't remember the exact mathematics of it, but 2 kilometers up, theres a lot less oxygen. Theres a lot less air pressure too. Clarity of thought? Maybe. Do your thinking up there under a full moon, as it was for me, and everything seems to clear. Descend back to sea-level, the flurry and hustle and bustle of city life, and well, your supposed clarity doesn't seem so absolute anymore.
Anyhow, it was an amazing trip, I'll try to get those photos up soon.
Posted by illogicist at 12:09 AM