I visited Oman more or less not from my own initiative; my sister lives there with her husband, and seeing how she lives there got me in Oman. But now I have been there and they lead us around, showing us everything, I think Oman is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
I was looking forward to it so much. And not only because I missed my sister so much, also because she told me about all the exotic birdies who lived in her garden. There were loads!
When visiting an area very unlike my own usual habitat I always feel like I want to be invisible the first couple of days, and just observe. That way (I think) I can sense the best how this new area is different and how I can adjust or where to be safe. And Oman is very different to where I live of course. For starters the 30 degree celsius temperature difference! The bird that describes the feeling I got in Oman the best is the Red Vented Bulbul. It has a call that is so different to the birds at home. That together with the lovely colors, makes this bird a symbol for my trip (together with the other 2 bulbuls I saw-later more) I read on wikipedia that this bird is amongst the world's most invasive alien species. So I can say this bird doesn't feel the way I do when entering a new habitat. He just looked around for a few seconds and thought, this is home, in that respect he is like my sister and her husband, who found a great home in Oman.