Sunday, November 29, 2009

Saturday Stroll...

Stephanie and I decided to take a stroll through the city yesterday. We started close to home in Tahrir (Liberation) Square, where the military museum is located...
There are also government ministries.... My favourie of which is SNACC, the "Supreme National Authority for Combating Corruption." Quite a laugh!
From there, we took a walk down Gamal Abdel Nasser Street, named after the former president of Egypt, who engaged in a proxy war with Saudi Arabia over the fate of then North Yemen from 1962-1970: would the former north remain an Imamate (ruled by a religious leader, as Saudi Arabia would have had it), or would it become a republic (as Nasser wanted)?
It became, in word only, a republic.
Stephanie liked the following mural a lot...
Here we are coming up on a huge building filled with advertisements on Zubaireyh Street...
Cops directing (and not too well, I'll have you know) traffic.
The mosque near our house from which we hear the call to prayer 5 times a day. It can be quite beautiful AND quite annoying.
The Yemeni National Museum, which is close to our house. It costs 100 rials for a local to go in (50 cents), or 300 rials for a foreigner.A mini-bus stop across the street.
A tower attached to the National Museum.
Tahrir Square, with horse rides. They're doing the horse rides all-week-long as it is Eid al-Adha, but there are horse rides here every weekend. Stephanie plans to kidnap a horse and head off into the mountains!
It's 5:15 P.M. on a Sunday here. There was just a HUGE downpour, which pretty much soaked everyting we had drying out on the clothesline. Thank God it's vacation week as we can make another try with the laundry tomorrow!

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