Starting next week I will be guest blogging for Columbia Business School's Chazen Global Immersion Program as I travel to Abu Dhabi and Dubai for class, and I'll be reposting here! I have already fled the cold weather in New York for Paris, Burgundy, and now Oman, spending my first day in the Middle East as a solo female traveler - something I didn't expect to do. However, any previous hesitations were laid to rest today while driving around with my guide, Ali. Riding in the front seat of his Toyota SUV (are there any other SUV's in developing countries?), we chatted as best as possible in his limited English. It's a relatively new country, development wise, with many buildings in Muscat dating to the current sultan, Qaboos bin Said Al Said. It's been a peaceful and quiet respite from New York, and obviously a warm escape. Tomorrow we head out to the desert, before the class trip formally starts on Saturday night in Abu Dhabi. Looking forward to sharing more!