Safeer Hotel Suites
Travel Blogs from Muscat
... time it has grown and all the alleyways and houses around the original market have been incorporated into a labyrinth of shops and alleys busy with people buying, selling, and that most important of conversations in this part of the world, haggling. We are right in the heart of the Frankincense trail here and everywhere in the souk stall holders were selling and burning this precious resin. It is claimed to have antibacterial properties, keep Mosquitos away and smell ...
... for Nizwa Souq's fascinating live goat and cattle auction, which occurs once a week on Friday mornings. Men dressed in traditional Arab robes and embroidered caps (which is the standard dress for Omani men) paraded the livestock around in a circular arena, with over a hundred customers crowded around, leaning in to inspect the animals and shout out offers. Dozens of bleating goats and mooing cows were tied up in the auction area, already purchased and waiting to be taken ...
... took 600 women four years to weave. It contains 1.7 billion hand tied knots, measures 70 by 60 meters and weighs 21 tons. The gardens surrounding the mosque are also elegant.
Oman is one of the more liberal Arab countries. Women drive and have equal rights. They work, and we saw some women on the streets of Muscat without covered faces. Oman seems to be the Switzerland of the Middle East, neutral in its dealings with other countries. It does not try to take ...
... days with cloves and other Middle Eastern spices. I equate this with the all-American Clam Bake.
There were about 10 of these Arabic tents with pillows on the ground and these beautiful Arabic men serving us.
I'll end this post with a mention of this morning's breakfast here at the hotel. I overslept yesterday and missed breakfast, but OMG, the word "buffet" is an insult. They had stations for everything - your basic eggs, omlettes, ...
... getting taken to the city center after class on Wednesday, and Thursday has been declared a national holiday by the sultan so we have self study (technically a long weekend :-)). Hopefully the week goes well.
Oh and I have discovered the best new drink ever.. fresh lemon and mint juice! It is soooo refreshing and they make the best fresh juices here!! It's our treat to ourselves on especially long and stressful days. Until next ...
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