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Friday, December 30:  After going around and around with the university housing department about the shortfalls of my “villa” for months, I could see that no resolution was in sight.  The landlord of the villa adamantly refused to fix the problems there, including grimy walls and ratty carpet, a shared electric & water meter with the Indian family upstairs, and a dumpster outside my front door that smelled like a sewer and was swarming with scores of mangy cats. I finally accepted that nothing would ever be done to fix the problems, so I put out the word to Issa, our housing guy at the university, that I wanted to move to a new place.

heading for the mutrah souq to buy some home decor!

heading for the mutrah souq to buy some home decor!

I finally got wind of an available flat in a building in Nizwa. This building houses some of my close friends at the university, including James, Malcolm, Stephen and David.  Before Christmas, I went to a party at David’s flat, and on New Year’s I also was able to see James’s and Malcolm’s flats.  During this time I heard from Malcolm’s wife Sandy about a flat available in this building with the same layout as the other flats. With my sons both arriving on January 10, I pressed Issa to let me vacate the villa and move to the new digs as soon as possible.  He relented and we agreed on a move date of January 4.

Indian wall hangings at Mutrah Souq

Indian wall hangings at Mutrah Souq

On this final Friday of 2011, the last weekend day before my move, I go on a shopping spree in Muscat with my friend Christian, who just recently moved into a new villa himself.  Fun times!  I am finally excited to spend a little money to make my house a home.

Christian shopping in the souq

Christian shopping in the souq

We go to Mutrah Souq and then to Home Centre and Zara at Muscat City Center.  At Zara, I buy a beautiful turquoise and purple paisley duvet cover, lavender sheets and square throw pillows. I buy lamps and pictures for my walls.  At the souq, I purchase a wall hanging with turquoises and purples, to match with the duvet cover.  We have a great time shopping together as we both love decorating.

Christian, withdrawing money for our shopping spree

We pile all our goods into the back of the Terrain.  When I get home to my villa, I unload all my stuff into the living room, a temporary holding spot.  I will move into my new flat in just 5 days.  Hallelujah!

all our goods loaded in the back of the Terrain 🙂

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