My first helicopter ride made me nervous as I can suffer motion sickness, but when my first was going to be over the Gulf of Aden and southern coast of Yemen, the thought of maybe seeing pirates suddenly added feelings of excitement. I have clearly watched one too many documentaries on pirates in this part of the world! I(…)
I love wandering through markets, I love to cook! And spices, dried fruits, nuts…..ohh the possibilities one can find in a souq. The heart of the Old City of Sana’a is the large thriving souq that has been in existence since pre-Islamic origin. Here are some scenes from the bustling market one Tuesday afternoon.
I seem to have a knack for visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites. Old Sana’a is no exception, it was declared a World Heritage site in 1986. Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, is situated in a mountain valley at an altitude of 2,300m and has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years. It was one of the few cities(…)
Yemen was never on my radar until I had work there to manage. Yemen is Arabia’s undiscovered gem with some of the world’s oldest skyscrapers, mountaintop villages, pristine coral reefs and one of the world’s largest expanse of sand. All I knew was of the political instability and kidnapping of expats. So when the opportunity presented(…)