In down town Hargeisa, there is all sorts of stuff for sale in the souks, from fruits and vegetables to cloths, books, qat, and toiletries. (Don’t get too excited, though – many of the things westerners are used to consuming back home are not available here). Yet the colourful parade of items for sale is a treat for the eyes, especially near the central mosque where you pass the gold market.
Now I don’t want you to get the wrong idea, this is no Dubai gold souk – the Hargeisa gold market basically amounts to a bunch of ladies sitting behind small wooden table-boxes which act like a miniature display case for their limited range bright gold earrings and necklaces. If you want to have a peek, they will open the glass top of the case and you can inspect the tray of wares. Every time I’ve walked past, they don’t seem to have too many customers, but they are always busy chatting amongst themselves.