Happy Thanksgiving from Salalah, Oman
Trip Start Nov 10, 2013
18Trip End Dec 04, 2013
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Modern roads exist but we often had to slow or stop down to allow roaming herds of camels or cattle to cross the road in front of us
Oman is famous for frankincense, which is dried sap from the frankincense tree. The Omani people burn it, use it as a basis for perfume and even chew or drink it it for health reasons. It is a major export item and there are shops everywhere selling it. Other major export products are limestone and cement.
We visited the local souq and another oddity (to me) was the "segregation" of shops there. One street was lined with tiny tailor shops (more than 20) for men and a few blocks away were streets lined with clothing shops only for women. This is a conservative Arabic country where the women to wear burqas ( the face covering) when they are in public.
In the "things you did not know department" we learned that Omani men can divorce their wives, but not vice versa. However, they do need to pay alimony. Furthermore men can only have 3 divorces. After that they cannot remarry. Maybe that is where " three strikes and you are out" came from!
Happy thanksgiving to everyone! Visiting some of these countries helps us to remember to be thankful that we live where we do and have what we have.