What’s the matter Raymond? Cat got your keyboard?

Posted by - February 11, 2013 | Category: Library

The State of the Lam

Well hello there.

If you’ve been keeping track, things have been a little quiet on the Man On The Lam front these past few months. Between haphazard updates, and several occasions of downright neglect, my tome has turned to tumbleweeds; my keyboard, cobwebs.

tumbleweed on a park bench

The truth is, I took much of December off while I headed home to Canada for Christmas. I came back to Oman full of piss and vinegar, planning to aggressively update the blog at least three times a week. Then I got sick. The kind of sick where you don’t want to move. So I didn’t. I even had a visitor from Canada here for 10 days, but wasn’t much use as a guide because it was too painful to even walk. I’ve got a post in the wings on that one. And boy is it a doozie (ever had an ultrasound?) But that doesn’t excuse the fact that I let the blog slip, so for that, I apologize.

In the meantime, I’ve still got some posts to run on Dubai and on my time in Sri Lanka. I hope you’ll tune in for them. I’m vowing to do my best to pick up the pace.

Travel Plans

Things are getting busy all up in here with plenty of travel to keep me on my toes as well.

Later this month I’m heading to Bahrain for a few days for a visa run. I don’t really know much about the country, so if you have any suggestions, I’m all ears.

Manama Bahrain skyline at night

In March I’ll be attending ITB Berlin, billed as The World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. I’m hoping to connect with some PR folks and Tourism Boards, and of course meet-up with a fine array of other bloggers.

After Berlin, I’m adding another country to the bucket list — Spain! Along with a few other bloggers, I’ll be a guest of CharmingVillas.net staying in a couple of their posh-looking villas in Catalonia. They’ve also organized some stellar activities for us, including this amazing flying experience with Windoor Realfly.

Windoor Realfly wind tunnel

Before I head back to Oman, I’ll take a slight detour down to southern Spain to take in the Fallas de Valencia — a celebration featuring parades and bands honouring St. Joseph.

Fallas de Valencia

The main draw here is the collection of ornate (and sometimes odd) constructions called fallas which are crafted by locals during the year, displayed during the 5 days of the festival, then subsequently burned to the ground on the final night.

Falles de Valencia Spain

Now that sounds like a party.

Have you been to Fallas de Valencia? Or Catalonia? Bahrain? I’d love to hear your comments.

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15 comments - add one
  1. I’m glad you’re feeling better, Raymond! I’m very envious that you’re seeing the Fallas. I’ve wanted to witness the spectacle for a long time now. I’ll be going to Valencia in September so will have to settle on seeing the museum, I guess. 🙂

  2. Glad you hear you or feeling better and back in the land of blogging! Sounds like you’ll have some interesting posts to come. I look forward to reading them (and if you have any cultural faux-pas to share for my new series please do get in touch!)

  3. Raymond

    Bahrain is a place we’ve been wanting to visit. The news in the paper today is there is a bit of unrest in that country, protests that are related to the Arab Spring uprising in 2011. Usually that means nothing to the casual globetrotter, but it might be something you want to be aware of if you’re not already.

  4. I have genuinely missed reading your stuff Raymond. Had no idea you were ill. Bahrain was where Michael Jackson holed himself up after… You know. Maybe there is a museum or something.

  5. I’m happy to hear you’re better now. I was also crazy sick for the first two weeks of January and I understand completely what you mean by “not wanting move”. Haha Have fun in Spain!


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