At the end of April, having been in Qatar for more than a year, I decided that I needed to step up the adventure and experience quotient and look further afield for a bit of excitement. Where did I choose?
Ever since I met my friends in Souq Waqif, here in Doha, and having been moved by their charm, their warmth, their sincerity, their joy of life, not to mention their excellent dance moves of course!!…. I have wanted to go to Yemen. When one of my closest friends got stuck in Yemen at the end of last year just as the new Qatari Amir changed the visa rules so that Yemenis could no longer visit Doha, I made up my mind. I would visit Yemen somehow, despite all the warnings, dangers and difficulties securing a visa.
Thankfully, I never needed to use them but it was reassuring…… although you never know whether carrying such contacts is a good or bad thing sometimes!!!
The flight was only an hour and a half and given the poverty in the country, one could forgive this being what I could only describe as a 'no frills' airline. It was 6 months since I had seen Yazid, in early November last year and I was excited to see him and see some of this beautiful part of the world, so forgotten…..
And that was the easiest arrival to any airport I have ever experienced, I just never expected it to be in Yemen!!
…….to be continued…..!!