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Oman is located in a swath of land in the southern Arabian Peninsula. As the Seabourn Odyssey sailed eastward along Oman, I thought of the English word, "posh," meaning "elegant" and "luxurious." Indeed, posh was appropriate in describing the majestic Odyssey on which I was giving a series of lectures. But it was the derivation of the word, "posh," that I had in mind. During colonial days of the British Empire, steamships would offer transportation for passengers and goods between the British Isles and India, sailing along the southern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Just north of the Equator, it can get oppressively hot and humid, especially in summer months. The passengers who booked on passenger ships, would seek staterooms on the north side (left) heading east and again north side (right) heading west. The word "posh" has its origins in the acronym of the expression "Port side over and Starboard Side home." On a modern air conditioned ship, there is no preference for the Port or Starboard sides!

During a day docked in Salalah, Oman (17° N Latitude), we visited the ruins of a 3rd century castle on the coast. It was there that I took a series of shots of Flamingos dunking their heads into the shallow waters in search of brine shrimp.

In the late afternoon the Odyssey set sail for the straits of Yemen; then northward in the Red Sea, to the Egyptian ports of Safaga, Sharm El Sheik, and Sohkma, before transiting the Suez Canal.

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