The heart of any Arab town is the souk. It is the commercial centre, where all the trade takes place, and the centre of social activity.
In tourist towns like Luxor, a lot of the trade is geared towards the tourist, where all the usual paraphernalia, like small Cleopatra statues, papyri , sheeshas (water pipe), spices and all sorts of other souvenirs, are sold at prices that necessitate haggling hard:
-How much is this?
-60 Egyptian pounds
-No, that’s too expensive.
-What’s your price? (for the unsuspecting Westerner, that is a bit of a shock. What he means, "What is my price?")When your haggling fails to lower the price substantially, you turn your back to the vendo...Read More