Fish and Fiancés

Over the weekend I went to the fish market in Matrah! It was such a cool experience. We left the house fairly early by Omani standards- 8am- and I got to wear an abaya! My host mom said to it was best to wear one to avoid excessive attention, since it’s fairly conservative and traditional.
As soon as we got out of the car, the smell overwhelmed me. It smells TERRIBLE. The fish market itself is open air, with just a warehouse style roof above. There are several rows of platforms that the merchants sit on, with their fish in front of them. Bargaining is a must!
My host mom led me with her hand around me most of the time to make sure I didn’t get jostled into some unsavory situation. We ended up buying 50 rials of fish, (around 150$) but they salt it for storage. It should last about a month. After we bought everything, we went to have it cut. The men sat at a counter and cut each fish in just a few clean, swift strokes. They’re pros!

Yesterday I went to my host cousin’s engagement party last night! It was really fun! All the women from both the bride’s and groom’s family came over to the groom’s house, and we all ate dinner together and socialized. The groom himself(my cousin) sat in another room for most of the time with my host brothers, while us ladies enjoyed ourselves. He came in once or twice to take pictures with his fiance. In all things to do with marriage, the men and women are kept separate for the most part, but this was more casual.
I’m having a blast!
from muscat with love,
bailey :)


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. savannah
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 22:06:43

    jealous. i love the smell of fish, even raw.


  2. savannah
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 00:23:19

    i’m a normal person of course.


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