This might come as a surprise to some people, particularly those of you who live in the UK and have just endured a really gloomy August…but you can actually get sick of sunshine.
When it’s constantly hot and constantly sunny, the weather saps your energy, and your get-up-and-go.
I think I lost mine a while ago.
To get over this, I dragged my poor husband off to the south coast of Oman, where a little microclimate makes things there very different to the rest of the Arabian Peninsula.
Just off the coast of Oman is a very cold current, which is said to ensure that things in Salalah are certainly not sunny between July and September.
I have to say that at first I thought I’d been duped. The view from the plane certainly wasn’t very green:
And the camels didn’t look like they were eating anything particularly green either:
But then we went hunting. We found a couple of lagoons:
But the real vegetation is found in the foothills of the Dhofar mountains:
This was about the furthest point north that I could take a picture, after this the fog was so thick, we could only just make out the car in front.
Strangely though, as I squinted through the fog, I saw the car in front and also little groups of people having picnics. Now, I was saying I might be bored of sunshine, but at no point did I ever crave a picnic in dense fog.
Each to their own!
Anyway, it certainly is a lot greener than Qatar, and apparently if you go in October, it will even have stopped raining. Then it will be a green paradise in the sunshine.