August 17, 2013. We head to Mutrah Souq, the old marketplaces in the city, where we wander into the maze-like alleyways, with varied garments, spices, silvers, and toy stalls on either side of us. My sister wants to find some items as a keepsake from Oman. We went inside each stalls looking for something pretty interesting things for sale.
I have been to this souq many times but haven’t been really into its deeper interior. Honestly, I am scared on how to get out from it because of its confusing aisles. Added to that, at night, the souq is packed with people especially on holidays. All the shopkeepers, especially Indians, beckon their perfumes and spices, but I am not interested because simply the scent doesn’t appear good to me. I bet you know what I mean. I never choose the scent that they are trying to sell except for nice stones of frankincense from Dhofar region. At home, we have containers of frankincense that we use to fume the house. I love the frankincense because it has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind.
I don’t really have in mind on what to buy. I just enjoy watching the people bargaining while looking at all the enticing things for sale.
Until, I do find some nice pieces of leggings with animal skin prints that cost 600baiza each. My sister and I bought two pieces for each of us that amounted to 2rials only. It is a good deal, indeed. I will pair those leggings with my loose and big blouses as my casual getup when going to the malls or stores.
My kids also find their toys: a dozens of smaller colorful plastic balls for Anyah and a set of toy guns for Andrei. The shopkeeper gives us good discount. But I still think the toys are not that worth for its price because the kind of plastic that it is made of plus it comes from China. But my kids are assertive. They don’t like to leave the souq without these toys. Well, the next thing I know I handed over four rials to the Indian seller. Big smiles are shown of the faces of my little ones. They are happy, I know.
We peruse the souq on our way out. Then, there’s that ref magnet in white small cup that bears this message “I Spent All My Money in Oman and Had Just Enough Left for ½ a Mug”. I find it very funny yet a bit true. It will remind me to be a wise spender and have to be careful with my spending at all times. I buy it without any doubt that is priced at 1rial. My sister also like the tribal face magnet carved from a wood, painted in gold, and adorned with glass and tiny stones. It’s really unique and attractive. It does cost only 1 rial, for me, a nice piece of relic from Oman. Those magnets are now placed on our refrigerator at home.
It is really fun to go around the souq. It’s a nice place to visit and see other wonderful things that you can get at a good price when you have good bargaining skills.