Monthly archives: November, 2006

Days two and three

OK, day two started out with the Yemeni version of a “continental breakfast”, bread, honey, some really nasty (fake processed cheese) soft cheese, and hard boiled eggs. I am beginning to think that the constipation that is attributed to Qat might actually be a symptom of their diet. Chicken, eggs, bread, rice, potatoes… notice anything …

Day one of my trip

I woke up late and so there was no breakfast for me. We (Luca, Christoph, Nollaig, and Alessandra, Luca’s sister) piled into an early 90’s Land Cruiser around 8:30 and headed out. Our first stop was just outside Sana’a, about half an hour’s drive. It was a scenic overlook that was quite nice. We actually …

I’m back! and new pictures…

Got back from my trip into the Yemen countryside yesterday. Came back with a slight sunburn, a slight strain to my right quad, and thouroughly exausted. Yemen is a beautiful country, check out the pictures… I will come back and add descriptions to the pictures and blog about the specifics of the trip when I …

Lots going on…

I went to a cooking class today… Yup, Luca and Naleg asked at a local hotel and they got a quick 1 1/2 hour class together for 5 people. We made “Yemmeni Soup” (not made of real Yemmenis), Fasah, and Salta. Salta is not a bean dish like I had been lead to believe and …

That was interesting…

Went to the resturant last night and ordered Fasaa, that lamb dish that I liked so much the other day. What I got I later found out was fasula. I really don’t think my pronunciation was that far off, I think they didn’t have any lamb cooked up and so they served me what they …

Not much to post…

I’ve really settled into a routine here. I may be going to see more of the country next week. Luca’s sister is visiting and he’s looking into a weekend (wed-thur-fri) expedition to see some more of the country. I won’t be going to far, but it’ll be good to get out of the city for …

More food!

Today Adel and I went out to lunch as part of the class. We went to a local resturant in the old city. Upstairs we had faal ‘sa, bread, and soup. Faal ‘sa (the closest transliteration I can come up with) is a lamb dish. It is just the meat (no bones) in a thick …

Some more on the pictures

Taking pictures in the old city is kind of difficult since everything is right on top of everything else. The buildings are sights to behold, but it is difficult to get the whole thing in the shot. The streets of the old city are all paved with stones. The really old parts (like where I …

More pictures!

I’ve loaded a handful of pictures that I shot today. They consist of some more shots of my building, my walk to school, some kids, and the market I go to all the time. It is taking for freaking ever to upload these things. This internet cafe seems to be the fasted around, they have …

Got the tickets

Finally got my tickets to Malta. It took a while, but I saved a considerable amount of money. A former customer of mine told me to look him up if I ever visited Shanghi (Tony, you out there?), I laughed but took down his info anyway. Well, I asked how much it would cost to …