There is a separatist insurgency that
started shortly after I left and that
was dutifully ignored in the western
media. That is probably why you have
not heard about it. It was buried on
teh bottom left corner of page 52, of
There is a weapons bazaar up there
where you can get your very own
AK-47 to wear with your Burberry
scarf. Seriously, though, Sadah
was a very interesting place to
vist, though don’t be put off.
Thre is plenty else to see.
Qat (I don’t remember the spelling)
is readily available in the mountainous
north and in Sanaa. It is as
ubiquitous as espresso in Milano.
Every afternoon men grow Dizzy
I remember that the hotels
were cheap. There is a tower
house, not the touristic one
on the main wadi in the old
town but a couple of blocks
back that was in the range of
US$5 – 10 with a fantasy view
of minarets from the upper floors
and the roof.
I would not risk arriving without
a visa. I am a Yank and I need to
obtain one beforehand.
I followed my nose and asked around.
I do not remember about electricity.
By a Lonely Planet guide for the
basics: electricity, visas, hotels
in the main cities. It will pay for
itself in the BS and the money it will
I wish I could get back there too.
05 Sep 2008 22:09