Who am I?

My name is Michael van Egten, a 24-years-old International Business and Management student from the Netherlands. I have a strong interest in travelling and exploring new cultures, hence my decision to do an international study. I would like to use this website to share my stories and thoughts.



The thing I love about travelling is that you'll meet so many new people, with amazing stories, in places you've never been and with cultures you've never expierenced before.

"Travelling leaves you speechless, then it turns you into a storyteller".


Recent Blog Posts

The village just before entering Wadi Bani Khalid
A change of plans
September 18, 2017

I did not really know what to do before the weekend, so I decided that I should plan something because I did not want to waste a weekend with sitting at home in the compound. I grabbed my 101 things-to-do book and the off-road book I got from my colleague and started looking for something, not too far away from home. I heard some people at work speak about a route – the snake gorge – with two difficulty levels, about two hours away from Sohar. This seemed like a great idea, especially because I would have the chance to test what the RAV4 is capable of.

An extrordinary sunset on top of the mountains
The spontaneous trip to Jebel Shams
September 3, 2017

The Eid Adha holidays were announced little over a week ago to start from Thursday the 31st of August until the Monday the 4th of September, resulting in me getting a very long weekend off from work! At first, I did not really know what to do with all that free time, but when the holiday started I rather spontaneously decided that I would drive up to the mountains of Jebel Shams to go camping.

Dinner at Kargeens with Ahmed
First week at the job and a visit to Muscat
August 27, 2017

Time literally flew by when I departed from Amsterdam to Muscat with a layover in Dammam. Before I knew it, I stepped out of the plane onto the scorching tarmac of the Al’Seeb Airfield, realizing that I finally arrived in Oman after months of waiting for the unknown. A driver then took me to my apartment, where I will stay for the coming months. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the place that I was going to live in, an enormous villa on a luxurious compound in the heart of the city of Sohar.