Wonderful… and so interesting. Thanks for posting, G.

As for the Omanis’ indignation/exasperation at not being able to use Arabic in their own country, and Americans’ difficulty imagining a parallel… I don’t know. I suppose that that’s the price of living in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic society… which I, for one, really appreciate. And if you want a similar experience in the U.S., I invite you to come with me to La Calle Ocho (8th Street) in Miami, where some – but not all – shops place a sign on their window advertising “We Speak English”! 😀