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So yeah, I seem to have a severe shortage of pictures. Eh. Whatevs.
I can't really remember most of the events of this day but I think it should be mentioned nonetheless. So most of the day I slept. Yessir. A weekend tradition. The strange thing is though, that I always get up at 7:00 am or earlier. This weekend it was to chat with Kayci one day and chat with my mama the next. And then back to sleep I always venture.
... cool beans. Kawkaban
and Wadi Ajhar. Of course to leave Sana'a one has to get through the
guard check point. They check out your papers and make sure
everything is in order for you to leave the city. We made it through
with alacrity and headed toward Kawkaban. Kawkaban is a small, really
old, really brown fort cum city near the outskirts of Sana'a. And the
road to it is epic. Super nice pavement but the road itself is nuts.
When I was a wee one my ...
... is actually Saturday but because we didn't go to class one day last week we made up for it by having a one-day weekend. But Thursday was our qat chew. That's right. I chewed a leaf that's illegal in all countries except Yemen and England. It was pretty cool all-in-all. I may have been the only one that wimped out and kinda quasi tossed my cookies. Okay so here's the thing. It wasn't the qat that made me sick it was just something about ...
... traveling to Yemen, a desert Muslim country, which has been portrayed by the media as riffed with tribal conflict, immense poverty, and of course it is plagued with the ever resilient and notoriously destructive Al-Quida. I'm not saying that the media is wrong, in fact all of those negative elements exist, but it's not the whole perspective nor the bigger perspective of Yemen. Actually, ...
... which gave Yemen it's "independence" in 1962, did not actually boot the Brits out until 1967.
Yahya's house in Wadi Dhuhr is quite spectacular. The drive out from the city took about 30-40 minutes. We came upon a honey seller as we descended into the valley. He sleeps beside the hives, and does his work during the day hoping that people stop by - we did. QUITE GOOD HONEY! The tickets for entrance onto the premises are more expensive for ...